Feb 7, 2012

Symmetrical Valentine Birds

I showed students how to create texture in their watercolor paintings, just by sprinkling a little salt while the paint was still wet. The salt absorbs the water and leaves interesting patterns behind.
1. Start by drawing the heart in the upper center of the paper. Students drew the birds in steps to make them the most symmetrical: Two upside down “U”s, two beaks, two wings, two tails and two feet. Lines were traced with a black Sharpie marker.
2. Crayons were used to add some extra color lines in the picture.
3. Liquid watercolor paints were used to paint the birds. Before the paint dried, a small amount of salt was sprinkled over them. The rest of the art was painted in. When dry, the salt was brushed aside.


Anonymous said...

Hi there,
Thank-you for this site, I LOVE it. I am a new teacher (kindergarten) and I have tried a number of your projects already. I am still learning about art and materials though....
I tried this watercolour bird art with varying success. A lot of the salt stuck to the picture and couldn't really be brushed off. Is that 'normal'? Also, does water colour always mean liquid? The school I am at only has these hard 'pucks' that they call watercolour, and some of the colours seem more opaque than I would think of as 'watercolour'.

Kathy Barbro said...

Hi Jessica,
I do mostly use liquid watercolor, but this process should work with tray paints too as long as it's done when the paint is still very wet. I'm not sure what your pucks are like, I've only seen tempera paint shaped in round pucks, and that probably wouldn't work so well as it's not nearly as transparent as watercolor. The salt should all rub off when dry. Hope that helps a bit.