Here's something to play with over this strange Easter period. Eggs, paint, birds...
Aren't eggs amazing. Look at these:
|Auk family - razorbill, black guillemot, little auk, puffin.|
Why are the eggs of cliff-colony-nesting razorbills and black guillemots so patterned while those of solitary burrow/hole-nesting puffins and little auks bright white?
|ten different tern species|
|the top five eggs here are all laid by guillemots but look at the amazing pattern variation. Guillemots nest in cliff colonies of thousands of birds, all tightly packed together. |
It could be very hard to spot one's own egg if all were identical.
Now Some Art:
I thought it'd be nice to try painting egg-like patterns.
Here are a few ways. What other ways can you find?
- thickish watercolour paper / card so it doesn't buckle too much
- watercolour paints
- add water onto a patch of paper using clean brush. I painted my water in a rough egg shape
- use a brush to dab on dots of paints. Watch it spider across the wet paper!
- The more watered down the paint the more it will spread
- while all still wet add some darker paint at the top
- Look at it now, paint has spread so much that the individual dots have almost disappeared. The paint only spread to where I wet the paper.
- Look at the new dots on the right, painted onto dry paper - they haven't spread at all.
- drop water onto the still wet spots on the right, let it all spread for a few seconds then use clean rag or paper napkin (I save mine up in cafes) to dab all the moisture off - only the ghosts of the paint spots remain. Nice egg pattern.
- watery paint, brushed/dripped onto the paper, lean down and blow on it hard.
- Blowing through a straw makes it easier.
- Drawing ink works really well instead of paint.
- paint another patch of clean water onto the paper.
- Leave it a bit longer than last time so the paper dries a bit more.
- dab on some delicate little specks. That's it!
- below that, some delicate specks dabbed onto dry paper.
- use finger to flick paint from a paintbrush or a toothbrush. An old toothbrush, not you partner's / mum's / brother's / toddler's.
- flick another colour or two on top
- drip some water on top.
- flick another colour on top of that! See you it acts on the wetted sections compared to the dry sections
- wet the paper
- paint a spiral
- all still wet, paint a second spiral within the first
- paint an egg shape
- still a bit wet - paint blobs of a new colour onto the egg.
- fill in a larger area with paint at the bottom/sides/top
- try a third colour, maybe something **BRIGHT**
- why not a fourth? Dark red on yellow on blue on lighter red
Look at all these potential eggs!
- draw egg shapes onto your painted patterns once the paint has dried.
- cut them out
- lay them out. Do you prefer a natural look:
- or ordered, like in the books:
Eggs Make Birds
We hopefully all know that. But egg shapes can be helpful in making birds too:
Look at this beautiful screenprint from the Art in Healthcare Collection, by artist Kittie Jones:
|Kittie Jones, mallards, 37.5x38.5cm|
The outline of the male mallard duck is pretty much an egg shape. His head and neck, with a bit of imagination or screwed up eyelids, are made of a second smaller egg.
The body of the female away near that lovely arching bridge is an egg shape too.
So here are four of the eggs I cut out earlier:
Now I've drawn on a few of the features:
Now I've done a little bit of cutting and glued the shapes down:
And painted on top:
You could leave it like this on nice white card.
Or paint in a background. Abstract? A landscape?
Or collage a habitat around them.
Eggs Make More Birds:
Another piece I love from the Art in Healthcare Collection:
|Helga Chart, Four Racers, 90.5x55cm|
Those pigeons have fairly egg-shaped bodies.
I glued down three of my own to turn into this curlew, pigeon and ringed plover, drawn in pencil:
Then painted up with watercolours:
Again, do what you wish with the background.
Have a good explore of the Art in Healthcare Collection because it has a really good selection of Scottish and Scottish-related artworks. Loads to inspire.
If you see artworks in hospitals and other healthcare settings they may be from the Art in Healthcare. Collection.
Use this form to do a more detailed search - www.artinhealthcare.
For example, search for "egg" - www.artinhealthcare.