Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Art Idea - painting without brushes

It's the time of year when umbellifers are appearing along footpaths and verges across the country. They are the carrot family, they include angelica, hogweed, wild carrot, wild parsnip, hemlock, cow parsley and many more. I love them. Have a look at these links:

I've been enjoying their emergence and thought I'd share a related art idea. The painting below is made using black paper, brown paint, white paint, the edge of a piece of card, a finger, the end of a stick:

Think of a painting and we assume brushes are involved but **no paintbrushes were harmed in the making of this painting.

Try you own brushless painting, and it needn't be of a wild carrot:

I used:
- a piece of white paper
- a stick
- assorted pieces of card and corrugated cardboard (all old packaging)
- Oren's paints (don't tell). Use whatever paint you wish, experiment with different types.

First marks - light green paint applied using the long edge of a piece of card.

Darker green and a finely comb-cut piece of card.

Golden yellow and a not-finely-comb-cut piece of card (old cracker box).

Red paint and finger!

More yellow paint and stick.

Corrugated card and blue. (going for a pond effect)

Ta-da! Watery pond with wildflowers.

Decided to try a bit of pencil.

Quite like the pencil but now I want some warmth in the background - yellow smeared on thinly using not-comb-cut piece of card (old cracker box).

Sun-dappled watery wildscape, no paintbrushes used :)

Which non-brushy tools work for you?


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