Writing in Color: A Blog

  • Fluid Art

    Posted by Amanda Fischer-Penner on 9/14/2017

    Amanda's Picture Fluid art is a VERY fun way to create abstract art mixed with science!

    We used TEMPERA paint that was watered down and mixed with different household items!

    We mixed the yellow with water, dawn dish soap, and we also tried liquid starch which worked well

    • The magenta was just mixed with water
    • The blue was mixed with water and rubbing alcohol
    • The white was mixed with hydrogen peroxide and water

    I went to each students and poured a generous amount paint on their paper. I used 80# white sulphite paper. Any multi media paper would be great! I even did a batch on white index tag board and it worked great!!


    Students scraped very gently across the paper ONE TIME only ONCE!! You can see the paint separate into "cells" as the chemicals resist each other and the difference in density makes colors rise/sink like colored spots


    Then I came around and flicked some rubbing alcohol on top to show the colors beneath!!


    Students let the paint drip while they turn slowly in every direction to spread it over the paper. It begins to make tons of new colors and makes lines similar to sedimentary rock


    We let these dry for 2-3 days. They dry very matte and a tiny bit faded, so we paint a layer of tempera varnish over them to bring out the vibrancy of color and make them SHINE!!


    Students could also choose to outline shapes and animals that they see in the artwork!! (you can see some of those at the bottom of the post)

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  • Hear Me Roar!

    Posted by Amanda Fischer-Penner on 8/9/2017

    Brad's Lion 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade finsihed working on their Big Big Cats last week. Here are a few of the finished products. Students outlined and added details with oil pastels when finsihed. Some students drew girraffes and zebras in the background along with the Acatia trees. We used gold and copper tempra for the grass. I am sort of obsessed with metallic tempra paint. It's different, the kids like it, and it just adds an element of surprise and interest to a painting!

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