Recently I have received numerous emails asking how to make painted papers. The whole process of painting papers is the students favorite thing to create in the artroom. They love to paint.
With these helpful suggestions you will too!
Step 1: Grab various paper. I used 12″ x 18″ drawing paper and
12″ x 18″ Tru-Ray Construction paper.
Tru-Ray is really strong and does not tear
when loads of paint is applied.
Step 2: I use So Big brushes by Crayola. They are really tough brushes for little hands. I also use some other brushes as well but Crayola handles the wear and tear of painting year after year. I suggest to the students to “hop” around their paper.
No blending. We want to see the paint and brush strokes.
Sometimes we use texture brushes along with cardboard tubes, plastic lids and rings. Any item you can paint with or leave a print will work! I ordered these from Lakeshore.
(A pre-primary/primary school catalog.)
Step 3: Grab the paints. I use Prang, Dick Blick and Crayola. I have found the premium paint is brighter and opaque.
Washable paint is not as vivid.
Don’t forget your placemats to keep your tables clean.
I use 18″ x 24″ manilla tagboard as placemats. They are durable and last a whole semester!
When I paint all day I start with yellow, oranges and white.
When you add white to the paint it creates a tint (a lighter color).
Then I go to the next color grouping : Yellow, Green and White
Blues, Purples and again add white for some tints.
Sometimes we just need to use up paints so we mix it up!
Spray bottles filled with watered down paint or watercolors create beautiful effects on the previous painted paper.
When you are painting paper with 5 classes a day you need a large drying rack. This has been a life saver. I can get four 12″ x 18″ sheets on one shelf. Just imagine the rainbow of colors of painted paper at the end of the day!
If you are painting with a few children you can lay the sheets on a table or on the floor. Use a plastic table cloth as a drop cloth.
I store the sheets in stacks of rainbows so it is easy
to grab for future projects.
Enjoy the processing of mixing beautiful colors on paper-