Watercolors and Plastic Wrap on a Warm Colored Monster

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monsters are a fun way to put some color theory to use.  This is my warm colored monster that I create using watercolors oil pastels and some plastic wrap.  The plastic wrap is a fun way to create a texture in your watercolor painting. 



I used a Monster Roll & Draw Page to get started with my drawing.

Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use watercolors, oil pastels, and plastic wrap to create a fun texture on a monster drawing.

After going over my pencil lines with a sharpie marker, I used oil pastels to color in small areas and outline the larger areas.  I did this to keep more of the watercolors inside the lines when I apply the plastic wrap.  The plastic wrap sometimes pushes the paint around accidentally.

Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use watercolors, oil pastels, and plastic wrap to create a fun texture on a monster drawing.

After I finished with the oil pastels, I painted the monster using more "warm colors".  Warm colors, like red, orange and yellow, are colors that remind us of the sun and fire.  They are used in making art to give a picture a warm feeling. 

Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use watercolors, oil pastels, and plastic wrap to create a fun texture on a monster drawing.

Make sure the paint is still wet  when you apply the plastic wrap. 

Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use watercolors, oil pastels, and plastic wrap to create a fun texture on a monster drawing.

After I finished painting, I applied the plastic wrap.  This is the kind of plastic sold in a grocery store for covering food.  I made sure the plastic wrap had some wrinkles in it.  
If it's not wrinkled when you first put it down, then you can carefully move it around with your fingers.

The plastic wrap will need to stay in place until the paint is dry.  
This could take several hours.  

Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use watercolors, oil pastels, and plastic wrap to create a fun texture on a monster drawing.Expressive Monkey demonstrates how to use watercolors, oil pastels, and plastic wrap to create a fun texture on a monster drawing.

Here are two examples of the kind of texture you can get after you lift up the plastic wrap.   I didn't outline the purple monster with oil pastels and you can see that the paint bled into the white of the eyes and teeth.  If this doesn't bother you, then you can skip the oil pastel step.  Crayons will also do the same thing as the oil pastels.  You will have to push a little harder with the crayons and make sure that the crayon is applied heavily.

I hope you have fun creating a textured monster with watercolors and plastic wrap. 




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3 comments:

  1. You certainly could. But I used drawing paper. Watercolor paper would have stayed a little flatter. Thanks for your question. I need to get my notification email updated....sorry for the delayed response!

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  2. select bright colors like red, saffron, green and blue for the base color.
    You may need to paint the diyas from one side at a time, Colored plastic sheet

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