Sunday, September 25, 2011

Abstract Weave Painting

I have wanted to try out this painting idea for awhile with the boys and then later hopefully in the classroom. The original idea was to flick paint onto two pieces of watercolor paper or card stock (something with a little weight). The child would pick only 3 colors of paint to use. I tend not to have luck with flicking paint...I must be doing it wrong. I decided to try the painting with marbles because to me the result looks the same. So I took 3 marbles in three different colors and put in in a tray with edges, where a piece of the paper was cut to fit the bottom. Roll the marbles around making an abstract painting. When I tried it out with "A" we only did it on one piece of paper (but next time I would use two pieces). After the painting has completely dried cut one piece into even strips and the second piece cut even strips in the opposite direction, leaving a 1/4 inch ledge on the paper (so don't cut the strips completely out of the paper, but leave them slightly connected).  With "A's" I just cut the original painting in half to make the two pieces. Then weave the two abstract paintings. I used a little glue stick on the edges to make the strips stay in place. When done weaving make a black mat or border. The finished product is pretty cool looking! I can't wait to do this with my 5th graders later this year.

Marble Painting
Finished Marble Painting (a wonderful piece of art as is)
Getting ready to weave (a great fine motor skill as well)
Finished Abstract Weave Painting
Close up of the weave so you get the idea!

1 comment:

  1. I love that you added weaving to abstract art- Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase!