Last week we talked about making papier mache leaves as an easy introduction to the process. (See here.) This week it's all about color choices for those leaves.
First, you have to decide if you want to paint right over the newspaper layer (providing you didn't papier mache a final layer of white newsprint), or apply a layer of gesso to the leaves. My preference is for gesso, but it can be messy to clean up with really little kids. These have their gesso layer:
There are so many possibilities for color themes for the leaves!! I find this a great time to introduce or review color systems:
The simplest option is to go with actual leaf colors, applying paint with either a sponge or brush. Of course, it is nice to have real leaves as reference.
|You will see that this leaf wasn't gessoed first.|
|This and the example below were both done with watercolors.|
You can tailor the difficulty of the color matching to the abilities of you students. The above samples are a bit trickier. The examples below don't require mixing, just color matching and are easier with respect to color. The precision, however, because of the straight lines can me more difficult. I would choose artist samples taking into consideration grade levels or skill levels.
|These were done using acrylics.|