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Thursday, May 21, 2009


This project is hot of the press. We tried it for the first time today in class. This tree was done by Alicia. Hers was better than mine so I thought I'd share it with you. Impasto (layering thick paint to create texture) is my new favorite! This lesson teaches students about color mixing and light, as well as the technique of impasto. I used Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint mixed with Liquitex matte gel to make it thick and extend the paint. This is a little pricey, I'm sure you can experiment with cheaper options. The students didn't use brushes; only plastic palette knives. We painted on light blue mat board, but I think I would use art board or gessoed masonite next time. All this stuff is much cheaper online than in craft stores.

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