Jan 3, 2013

Scratch Away Klee

Paul Klee was a Swiss/German painter of abstract art. His Senecio painting is made of simple geometric shapes, and is a lot of fun to imitate.

1. Trace a round shape like a dish to make a large round circle in the middle of the paper. Add a neck and mouth using only straight lines. Draw two eyes that touch each other in the middle. Trace with a Sharpie marker, and color all heavily with oil pastels.

2. Paint over all with acrylic paint. I recommend one color to keep things simple. Let dry.

3. Use an old plastic card (like credit or gift card) to scrape the paint away. Keep scraping until the art shows through, but a bit of the paint color is left for an aged effect.

BEWARE: After completing this project with many classes, I’m finding that  at least one or two in each are really difficult to scrape the paint away. Maybe if the oil pastel is not colored too heavily, it keeps the paint from separating from the paper? I’m not sure, I just recommend tests and careful watch of kid’s coloring before painting.


Sue Marrazzo said...

lOVE Klee...and so do kids.
Thanks for this idea...GREAT!

Miss said...

This is so cool and the technique so effective! Thanks for sharing this new take on Klee!

Mrs. Schultz said...

I like that it look Klee-ish too

Jannette Mercado said...

Its a great idea!

Cyber Momma said...

Did you use a specific type of paper for this project?

Kathy Barbro said...

Hi, glad you asked as I used card stock paper (65 lb.) I was surprised that only a couple tiny scraping tears happened over the course of the week. Again, be sure to have students color very heavily with the oil pastels as I'm pretty sure that's why just a couple of mine had some stubborn paint that maybe only came halfway off.

유윤희 said...
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유윤희 said...

oil pastels over all with acrylic paint->dry-> scrape the paint
oil pastel not stains?

Anonymous said...

I mix a couple drops of dish soap in with the paint before using it to cover the pastel. It helps prevent the sticking, but I also verify that there is no "white" paper showing through the pastels before the students are allowed to begin painting.
Hope this helps!