I did a test run for an art activity for my mother's year 3 class, and thought I'd post the steps here as well. =) In honour of Halloween, here is a haunted house inspired by the fabulous Jan Pienkowski.
If you haven't seen Jan Pienkowski's lovely silhouette illustrations, here's a sample:
|Image from www.janpienkowski.com|
And on to the walk-through:
You will need:
Paper – watercolour paper is best, but anything reasonably thick that can withstand getting wet would be okay.
Paint – Watercolour, Ecoline Ink, Edicol Dye, watered down acrylic... anything like that.
Brush – preferably one that's quite large.
My mother will be using cut-out black paper for her class to make the silhouettes, but I opted for doing everything on the one piece of paper (in this case an A6 offcut of watercolour paper).
|First I planned the house with pencil, incorporating as many scary things as I could.|
|Then I inked the outlines with a waterproof fineliner (except for the moon, which I coloured with a waxy white pencil to resist the paint later on)|
|This is the result. Let it dry.|
|I then took a good old Sharpie and coloured everything in so that I had a solid silhouette.|
|And here's the final product. As you can see there are more variations in the sky than there are in the scanned version. Scanners do not like watercolour paper.|
I coloured in the silhouette after I'd painted the background because Ecoline ink can be a bit shiny, and I wanted a good solid black without any watermarks in it.