Using Salt Watercolors and Oil Pastels with the Sunflower Dice Drawing Sheet

Tuesday, September 23, 2014




Are you looking for a fun new way to teach your students about Vincent van Gogh?  I've used a Sunflower Roll & Draw Page, made by Expressive Monkey to get started with the drawing. 


Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.

I've gone over the pencil lines with Sharpie Marker.


Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.
               
Using oil pastels, I've outlined everything using a bright color.  I've also used a white oil pastel to color in the spots on the vase.


Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.


To make the salt technique a little more interesting, I'm painting the center of the flowers a bright color first, then a darker color.  In this case, I've started with green, then I've gone over the green with red (it's color complement).  Quickly, before it starts to dry, sprinkle just a little bit of salt.  Notice the salt in the second picture.  There should be a little bit of room around each grain of salt, leaving room for the salt to push away the paint.  If your paint is in puddles, wait for the paint to dry a little first.  The paper should "glisten".  I'm using thick copy paper in this example.  The paper wanted to absorb too much of the paint, so I had to keep adding paint until the paper was saturated enough to stay wet while I grabbed the salt.  I just used regular table salt.  Of course watercolor paper would work the best!


Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.

 I'm painting over the spotted vase.  The oil pastel is creating a watercolor resist.  


Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.
In the table top area, I've painted a redish brown first, then blue.  I've also sprinkled salt in this area.  

Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.

To make the leaves and stems a light green, I've painting with yellow first, then green.  


Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use salt, watercolors and oil pastels on a sunflower drawing.

This is how the painting looks now that it is dry.  I had to brush a way some of the salt that didn't completely melt.  I think Vincent van Gogh might have really liked this technique!  What do you think?


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