Monday, August 08, 2016

Cactus Gardens!

This beautiful mixed media cactus gardens are ink drawings that have been filled with watercolor.

This is a great way to teach students to plan a composition, gain confidence with ink (Sharpies), blend a background using two or more analogous colors, and plan a color scheme. It is also a great way to encourage using the watercolor palette lid for mixing watercolors instead of simply painting with the colors directly out of the pans. I asked the students to mix a variety of greens to paint the various types of cacti, after observing from photos how different each color was.

By the way, I have found that Prang watercolors are the best for teaching beginning watercolor. They are super bright and radiant, and are affordable (but not cheap).

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