Thursday, September 11, 2014

8th Grade - Six Basic Water Color Techniques - Articipe Blog


Today in 8th grade we did some exploration with watercolors. Students experimented with six basic watercolor techniques:
  1. Wash - Generally an even distribution of pigment across the area of the paper. 
    1. Their are generally two schools of thought on this:
      1. Wet the entire are to be filled with pigment with clean water and then mix and apply the pigment to the wet paper.
      2. Mix a light color with the desired pigment and then apply to the paper. 
        1. This one can be a little more difficult if new to watercolor 
  2. Wet in Wet - Similar to a wash however the pigment generally "blooms" on the paper. The strokes of the brush are not even like a wash, resulting in a slightly feathered or blurred look on the edges. 
  3. Glazing - A glaze is achieved by painting the surface of the paper, and then allowing to dry. Then another color is painted over the top of this dry color. 
  4. Lifting - Lifting is like erasing in watercolor. There are two general techniques:
    1. When the pigment is wet
      1. Take a clean dry brush and simply stroke the brush across the desired area. The thirsty dry brush will absorb the water and pigment. 
    2. When the pigment is dry:
      1. Dip your brush into clean water and then lightly scrub the area that you wish to dissolve and remove pigment. 
      2. Next rinse your brush and then dry it with a towel or your finger tips 
      3. Take the dry brush and then stroke the brush in the area that was scrubbed. The pigment will then absorb into the thirsty brush and magically disappear. 
    3. Caution! Scrubbing too hard will fray some watercolor paper. Experiment with your paper to see how much scrubbing the paper will allow. 
    4. Caution! Certain colors will create a stain on the paper. These generally are blues, reds, and yellows. 
  5. Drop in Color - This is similar to Wet in Wet technique. This technique is was called the, "tie-dye" technique in class. This technique is spontaneous and creates interesting mixes of color and gradients. 
  6. Dry Brush - With this technique you have a dry paper surface and then a relatively dry brush of pigment with not too much water. Simply stroke the brush across the paper and a nice smooth line can be created with a good edge to it. It does not bloom, or look feathered like the other techniques. 


After the watercolor activity we joined Mr. Welch's class in the computer lab. We then created a second blog that will be devoted to the Articipe project that you will continually add to all year in all of your core activity classes. 

If you missed today you missed quite a bit. Please stop by anytime to get caught up!!!