Every winter I provide a special painted paper opportunity in my classroom. During free choice the children can create the featured painted paper. They make one for the community box and one for themselves. We use a variety of colors and textures. I am going to start with watercolor and share my favorites! Everyday this week I will post a new technique!
What you will need: plastic wrap, watercolor, watercolor paper, medium brush. It is important to purchase actual watercolor paper. Student grade is fine. I also purchase pads of watercolor paper at Michael's on sale or with a coupon. These techniques will not work on construction paper. I like Stockmar Paints and the liquid concentrated watercolor sets. The quality of color pigment is important as well. I feel children deserve quality art supplies for a quality experience.
Step One: Put a wash of color over the entire paper. Do this quickly so it stays wet.
Step Two: Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the wet wash. Squish the plastic to form creases.
Leave the plastic wrap on top of the paint until it dries.
|Close-up of some of the textures created.|
Experiment with different colors and concentrations of pigment to see what kind of effects can be created!