This project is ideal for showing students they can "step out of the box" and manipulate artist tools several ways.
Traditionally, pastel sticks are used to draw lines or apply pigment with a side stroke. Soft color can be achieved by sharpening the sticks, then taking the color shavings, sprinkling them on the paper, then blending out the color. If you blend with your finger you will get even coverage of the same value. if you use a cotton ball the color will look fluffy; depending on how much pressure you use you can achieve several values within the one color. If you use a tissue (the tissue should not contain lotion) the color will be soft, but denser than the cotton ball. Create a textured effect by using a paper towel with a quilted design in it.
- General's® Compressed Pastel Chalk Sticks in Sanguine #940ABP or #9529-BP; other colors optional
- Factis® Extra Soft White Vinyl Eraser #ES-20
- Little-Red™ All-Art® Sharpener #S-650
- Paper; preferably with a "tooth"
- White Glue
- Sand Paper Paddle
- Cotton Balls - or -
- Cotton Swabs - or -
- Tissue - or -
- Paper Towel
Rubbing the stick over a sand paper paddle to produce grains of color.
Rubbing color over an area with a cotton ball, tissue, cotton swab, or paper towel.
1. With the bottle of white glue draw a design on your paper. Let dry.
2. Once the design is dry, grate color over the design with a Sanguine compressed pastel stick.
3. Rouge the grated color over the dried glue.
4. To achieve darker color - rouge grated color into areas with a cotton swab.
Try adding additional color to create a multi-toned look. For a striking effect, have students use sanguine and black charcoal as their color palette.
Clean up tip - Working with sticks can be messy. Use "The Masters" Hand Soap for quick clean up. It takes the residue instantly off your hands and is very mild. It prevents your hand from getting dry and cracked.
This project can be done by students of any age or level. It's fun, quick, and cost effective. It can be incorporated into almost any aspect of your curriculum.
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