Sunday, June 22, 2014

Textured Background and Contrast

The meanderings of a Saturday afternoon:


Sometimes the idea for a piece of art comes from whatever surplus items I happen to have around. The other day, as I was cleaning out a closet, I came upon by bag (or, to be more precise, BAGS) of leftover yarn. And so this art project began...

First step was to wrap and tape some yarn to a piece of board.


Next, I painted the whole thing. I used primary colors, but I am thinking that kids could use whatever color theme they like.

Then I unwrapped the yarn, but wasn't all that happy with it because of the lack of contrast. Think I'll give it a try using liquid tempera instead of cake tempera.
However, as it dried I noticed there were some darker areas . . . I thought, "Maybe if I just make them darker." So, out came the crayons.
I find that one of the hardest things to teach elementary students is to "see the darks" and get a full range of value. This might be a good exercise for that.
I chose dark values of crayons and deepened the painted areas that were already a bit dark. Huge improvement!!
Satisfied with the results, I went back to my closet organizing. Right in front was my newest project (which I found through Pinterest here - it's a great tutorial!) -- twisted twine made from fabric scraps (which I have in abundance in another cupboard!!). Maybe fodder for a future post!

This, of course triggered phase two of my little art project -- some lines. At first I made a black and white line and then tried a secondary color line to mimic my twine. I wasn't sure which I liked and left them both sitting there on the background while I continued my closet project. When I came back I started moving the 2 lines around and intertwining them until I found a composition that I liked.


I think this will be a good process for kids at school to reinforce how artists often don't just crank things out at one time, but rather, mull over their options and discover new solutions:)) And now, back to my closet . . . ho-hum . . .

5 comments:

  1. Quedaron muy lindos los trabajos! felicitaciones! invito a ver mi blog, http://plasticaenla5del11.blogspot.com.Ana

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  2. This is kind of fun! I especially like the way the background paper came out. I can see it becoming the negative space for a whole bunch of different ideas.

    A thought - how about, after the first layer of paint (watercolor or cake tempera), if you re-wrap the string in another direction and add another layer of paint? Isn't it fun trying stuff??

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    1. I like that idea!! I also thought about making one of those block prints with string wrapped around a block and then printing over the painted background in sort of a checkerboard pattern with alternate squares printed with the string horizontal and then vertical (if that makes sense??). And "Yes, it is very fun just playing around!!

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  3. OK, this is sort of creepy-weird. On my comment above, I could not read the security 'capcha' letters at all, so I just typed in ABC figuring it would tell me I was wrong and would give me a new set of letters or numbers to copy. But instead, it was published! What are the chances that the blurry thing I couldn't read, actually said ABC?!?!?

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    1. I know, those capcha things drive me nuts, too. Lately I've been getting them with just 3 or 4 numbers (instead of letters) and they have been MUCH easier to read!

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