Homework assignment prior to art project:
- Find and bring in pictures of interesting volcanoes; sources might include pictures from the Internet, books, or magazines
- nice assortment of sticks (at least 40)
- small cup of Sumi ink for each group of 2
- set of water colors for each student
- cup of water to share for each group of 2
- plenty of water color brushes for blending
- heavy paper (water color paper if possible)
- paper towels
- No pencils allowed!
- Really look at your picture to determine the placement of the volcano on the paper; this is crucial.
- Remember that a very little amount of Sumi ink goes a long way, so use it sparingly, or you will have a mess.
- It might be helpful to dip the stick into water for just a second to increase the flow of ink onto the paper.
- The more water you use, the more diluted the ink will be.
- Begin by creating an outline the major areas of their picture; don’t fill/block in ink yet.
- At this point, block in colors going from light to dark. Start with the lighter water colors—many students like to do this with the stick rather than a brush; it’s personal preference; just make sure the stick is really wet.
- If the painting becomes too wet, blot it with Kleenex or paper towels; it actually gives it a nice effect if you dab.
- Don’t add too many colors all at once; otherwise you will end up with a brown, murky mess
- When working with water colors, it is often necessary to build layers (many coats) in order to achieve a beautiful vibrant color. If a section is too wet, come back to it later, or it will most likely bleed into other sections.
- Many students find that by painting watercolors over an ink wash (a light or medium wash of ink), they got interesting and dramatic results.
- Let the painting dry a bit, even if you have to blot it, and then you can add nearly dry lines of ink with the stick. This provides a nice outline effect, but don’t outline everything.
- Just experiment, and you will come up with awesome paintings all on your own and teach one another along the way!