More Ideas

Try these techniques as you listen:

Dip a string into paint and allow it to dance on your paper. Perhaps you represent staccato with splatters, rests with tape resist, the blues with well, blue oil pastel resist.  Each stroke may be expressive. Or, you may want to use oil pastels as figures and resist with expressive strokes over top.

Of course, you can use any materials you like. Experiment!


Bleeding Tissue is a little different from regular art tissue. The colors are just as bright, but the tissue when wet, will transfer its vibrant dye to paper.  Smooth and heavy watercolor paper is ideal, but the transfer will work with any sort of paper that is able to absorb water.

Simply cut the desired shapes of tissue and apply them to damped paper or apply the tissue to the paper and then use a wet brush directly on top of the tissue. Give the transfer a minute, then remove and discard the tissue. The results are different every time.

You can use the finished work to stand alone, or you can plan to draw or paint on top of the work. Experiment!



How much 3 D work do you do?  Here’s an idea to ease you into thinking about space and how you might go about dividing it up.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

You will need:

scissors, paper and Elmer’s glue.

Find a paper on that’s a bit stiffer than construction paper.  I like Canson Mi-Tientes drawing paper.

Choose one color or many.

1.Cut yourself a variety of strips, shapes and sizes. Make lots of them. Cut slots into some of the shapes.

2.Put away your scissors and choose one of the larger shapes for a base.

3.Begin to build by folding and attaching with lots of glue (it will dry clear so you can be a little sloppy).

Insert some of the shapes into some of the slots you’ve made.

You can curl the paper around a pencil.

You can fold shapes like an accordion.

You can bend and connect shapes.

You can build up or make your sculpture wider and broader.

You can make your sculpture large or small.

You can create an elegant sculpture or a whimsical one.



Shadows.  They are everywhere you find light.  Here’s an idea:

1.For an entire week, make it a point to look for shadows.  Where is the light coming from?  What shapes do they make?  What do they remind your of? If you are outside, what time of day is it?  If you are inside, move a lamp around different objects to produce shadows.

2.Make something from the images the shadows suggest.  The example above is a digital painting rendered  on top of a digital photo of a shadow.  Do you see something different in the photo?  If so, draw it. Let the shadow influence your imagination.

3. Use your observations to help you add drama and accuracy to your work.


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