Dec 30, 2012

Winter Birch Trees

This is a good example of how the contrast of white on dark can really have a lot of visual impact.
1. Tape a border around the edge of a square of watercolor paper with 1" painter’s masking tape. Cut thick and thin strips for trees that touch the top and the bottom of the border. These strips should be  hand cut for a natural look. Branches may be added, along with a moon. All tape edges are smoothed down.
2. Water down dark blue watercolor paint and spread over the entire picture. To add texture, sprinkle salt on the paint while still wet. Let dry for several hours.
3. Rub the salt off the picture and carefully peel off the tape. To add little snowflakes, paint white dots with a small brush and acrylic paint. If any of the paint leaked into the trees, you can also use this paint to cover up those spots.
4. With very watery blue paint, add the little bark edges on the left and right of the trees and branches. Also add a shadow stripe on the same side of all the trees and branches.
CA Visual Art Standard: Grade Four
2.7 Use contrast (light and dark) expressively in a ... work of art.

12 comments:

Meredith said...

My son is a sixth grader and LOVES birch trees..he's wanting to try this! What a great idea and really easy! Thanks for the post~!~

my two hopeful wings said...

so beautiful!!! I want to try this myself! Your ideas are always so cool; thank you! :-)
Jenni

Art on my hands said...

Love these, quick and easy effect. I know my students will have difficulty cutting the tape so their work will most likely be a bit more "elementary" but I expect, impressive! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing this great project! I'm going to try it on Friday with my 4th/5th graders. Love it. You sure help me with my art project lesson planning and it is appreciated! Happy New Year.

Liza Lee Miller said...

My art mom found this project and we did it just before school got out for Winter Break. They are still on the kids' desks drying. It was fun and easy and turned out GREAT.

I'd advise that you check the tape on the paper you are going to use. Our paper pulled up a little bit -- even though it was low-stick painter's tape. It wasn't a big problem but it was disconcerting to discover it in the middle of the art project. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

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Jamie said...

This project is great! I linked to it from my blog today.

Johnnie Brewer said...

Every weekends, my and wife and I make it a point to do an activity together with our children on different art project. This week, we are making a personalized greeting card.

Paige Andrews said...

Oh, a pretty project for the kids. This can be a wall art in our living room, and I bet they will be very proud to show this to their friends and visitors. Thanks for the instructions!

Nicole Norris said...

Yes, I may have to agree with what Paige said; this is a good display as wall art in the living room. Actually wall arts like this one can also be displayed in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Ava Hopkins said...

So that’s how you make a visual impact. I think this technique also applies to home wallpapers, because I’m planning to redecorate my room and put home wallpapers instead of using plain paint.