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I know that we can use sponges to paint around shapes and make a picture. But today I thought I would use sponge painting for a background to a picture. I used the flat side, the edges and even squeezed out the paint.
Kids love sponges. The best ones of course are the sea sponges – they have lots of texture. This time I used the regular sponges – cut in small pieces. I used the three primary colours – each one in a separate container. That way you won’t make “mud”.
Here are a couple of beginning pictures of the process.
In this one I started to squeeze out the paint and use the edges.
First find a simple picture. You can draw it out first on the cardboard. I did mine freehand as I have drawn Tadeo a number of times.
Go over the lines with the white glue. Make sure the bottle is easy to squeeze.
Wait for it to dry. This is the hardest part.
Next take the piece of foil which is cut a little larger than the picture and with a glue stick put glue on the foil. Now place the foil over your picture and wrap around to the back.
Carefully, using a soft cloth or paper towel, start to press the foil to the cardboard.
Next using a Q-Tip go closer to the shapes. Pressing down carefully.
Finally with a dull pencil go into the areas closer. You can add extra lines at this point.
Now with the black shoe polish gently rub over the entire creation. Wait for it to dry. Polish carefully. I only had black shoe polish in a tin so it was harder to put on and very hard to polish off. Also the smell was awful. I believe they have water based shoe polish that would work better and be much safer.
When I attended my Experimental Watercolour Course we were encouraged (well actually told) to paint only with found materials. Someone brought in a child’s bubble blower; others brought kitchen utensils, straws, strainers; someone had made an unusual homemade items with strings and washers.
Today I thought I would experiment with vegetables. I chose a cherry tomato, carrots and kale.
jThen I started to paint my picture. I mixed some paint on the pallett. Then painted my turtle.
Here are the vegetables after being in the paint.
And the final result.
I found I could use the carrot to draw with. The tomato made a good head, and legs. Both the carrot and the tomato I used to stamp Tadeo’s back. The kale was useful for the background leaves.
I hope you enjoyed today’s experiment and will try it with your kids and grandkids.