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« on: June 07, 2010 03:46:35 PM »

I am a high school art student looking for ways to expand my portfolio. I mostly deal in drawing, painting, and ceramics. I'm looking for ideas on some alternative medias to try out this summer in my spare time. Basically, I want to try drawing and painting on surfaces other than paper and canvas. Some ideas that I had come up with were throwing a pot on the wheel and then doing a painting on it, painting on old records, and painting on wood. I would really appreciate any other ideas that anyone could think of. Thanks a ton!

« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010 04:58:59 PM »

Painting on glass is pretty interesting. You can paint from the back then flip over so you see the image through the glass. It forces you to think backwards about the painting since the final details need to go on first, so it could be good practice.
You could really use anything for a canvas. For example, clothing (basically other types of fabric than canvas... someone I talked to once mentioned painting on an old prom dress as an alternative art piece) or metal (either sheet metal or metal objects). Heck, you could paint on people then photograph it if you have any skills in photography or know someone that does.
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010 04:10:25 PM »

I really like the idea of painting on clothing. And I wish I knew someone that would let me paint on them!  Roll Eyes

Thanks a bunch for your help! I will have to try out some of your ideas.

« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010 06:02:38 PM »

Here's an alternative medium that's cheap and fun.  Get yourself a big box of crayons, a roll of freezer paper, and a travel iron.  Look online for Encaustic wax paintings to get some inspirations on how to use them.  Encaustic wax and the tools that go with it are ultra expensive, but this is a great way to try out the techniques without investing a lot of $$.  Have fun this summer!

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010 07:53:25 PM »

finger painting!!

I tried the "rules" to do a dark blue to pale blue gradient (paing light to dark and blending colors as you go, blah blah blah...)  well I didn't like the results.  so I tried again today but this time I used my hands and it turned out AWESOME!  The gradient is very gradual just the way I wanted it. 

Also look on the completed projects part of this section and look at the dirt/natural pigment  paintings someone did.  VERY cool.

I would love to swap ATC size "pillows" with my fellow teesha moore peeps.
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