Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Painting on Torn Paper

Painting on torn paper offers the artist a chance to add interesting texture and pattern into her painting using a unique process.
After choosing the frame for her project, each student carefully took it apart and removed the cardboard. The glass and frame were set aside and the cardboard was prepared with a coat of Mod Podge. The girls chose pieces for their background from a wide selection of papers, old books and wall paper samples. These pieces wore hand torn and adhered to the cardboard using more Mod Podge. Then the second layer was added using paint, tissue paper and even more Mod Podge. Paper towels were used for blotting, wiping and also to add texture.
The hardest part of the project was waiting for the complicated paper design to dry so that they could paint on the surface. During this time the students thought about the subject for their painting and tried out their ideas by making quick sketches in their art journals. When they were ready the girls transferred their ideas onto the prepared surface using tempera paints and collage elements.
The entire process was fun and exciting. Every unique painting is an original delight to the eyes and must be viewed for several minutes to take in all the details of both the subject and fantastic background. The results are now on display in the MHA Sculpture Gallery (located just outside the Teachers’ Room). The sample above was created by Brina Cooper.

1 comment:

Mod Podge Amy said...

So pretty - I love that!