1. Your watercolor sketchbook or a watercolor paper
2. Watercolor paints and white gouache or acrylic paint
3. Pencil, pen, brushes and optional white gel pen
4. Yes Glue or gel medium
5. A page out of an old book torn up in random sizes
6. Your favorite stamp
7. Napkins or soft paper towels, paper plate
8. Painters tape
9. Silverware pieces and a small fruit or veggie for color
I decided to do a two page spread in my sketchbook. I taped around the outside edge to leave a white border. The paint ended up seeping under the tape a bit but I liked the look and went with it! When your background paint is dry you can remove the tape if you like.
Now take your old book page and rip it up. I carefully ripped out recipes and illustrations, then I did some random strips. Using a watered down Yes paste or gel medium, glue down your text randomly around your page.
Choose two colors for your background. I used yellow ochre and red or sienna. Once your glue has dried you can paint your background. I like to add one color of paint then add another. This allows them to blend on the paper and create some wonderful effects. Don't be afraid to add that color all over your background. Now before it's dry take your napkin and blot off in a few areas to give it extra texture. Let it dry. Remember that watercolor dries 20% lighter, if you need to add more color you can later.
|You can see the background colors in this picture|
Once happy with your drawings( and they don't have to be perfect), paint them using watercolor. I used paynes grey and some blue and some of my white gouache. The gouache is opaque watercolor and will change the transparency of the paint. I also always use a paper plate to blend gouache or acrylics with my watercolors so I don't ruin my watercolor palette. Now add some of you grey mixture to the silverware. The get the feeling of silver it's all about the values so once you have your medium grey you need to add really dark darks and white highlights. Since metal is also reflective you can allow some of the color to show through from underneath by wiping away the paint in a few areas or adding your background color and some of your veggies color. I also added some red gouache to my red Watercolors to give my peppers a more opaque look in areas. I also chose to add some text to my journaling page which is up to you. I painted the text in watercolor so that the print from the collage shows through.
I have my students write about the lesson and the process and what they enjoyed or struggled with. One student wrote she loved the textures but also combining the hard shiny silverware with the organic colors and textures of the hot peppers. To see some of their pages from that day check out our little private blog called Sketchy 5150's ( crazy sketchers)for our class photos.
|The left page|
I hope you had as much fun as I did, I knew you could do it! Not scary at all right! Let me know if you have any questions but most important did you have fun??!!!