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Re: [teacherartexchange] look for unusual drawing media


From: Jeff Pridie (jeffpridie_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 03 2006 - 16:11:33 PDT


Some thoughts that can create discussion and great

String or yarn dipped in paint (acrylic, tempra,

silver wire attached to a stick drawn on gessoed
illustration board ( will have to tarnish to be able
to see it)

Use plant stains: beet juice, berries on paper.

Colored sand.

construct a brush using a stick and fur, feather,
plant material then draw with paint, stains etc.

draw with a tooth brush, hair brush, comb dipped in
paint or paint on a piece of paper then used to create

for large drawings use a straw broom, a Vshaped rake
(dipped in paint)
a rake can create a nice cross-hatched affect.

Jeff (Minnesota)

--- Sue Stevens <> wrote:

> Hi all!
> Hope everyone's summer is going well!
> I will be teaching a 'non-traditional media' course
> this year (twice!). We
> run it every other year, and on top of that, this
> will be the third time the
> course has been offered. So, I have been changing
> the course constantly!
> Although the course is 'non-traditional media' I
> still have to follow the
> basic curriculum standards.
> So, my way around that for drawing is to use
> non-traditional thing to draw
> with, rather than pencil all the time.
> In the past, I've tried...
> food colouring with brushes and Q-tips - worked
> really well to draw lines
> and to do some shading
> bleach with synthetic brushes - worked great, had to
> go outside - we 'drew'
> on constructon paper, so it turned white - won't do
> it again though - a bit
> dangerous with clothing
> dirt - didn't work that great - but we didn't really
> know what we were
> doing - might try it again
> coffee - fantastic results - used instant coffee -
> will do this again
> charcole - I've made my own in the past in a fire
> pit - really cool - used
> dowelling wrapped in tin foil until it turns to
> charcole.
> I'm going to try Kool-Aid this year (call it 'pop'
> art) - should behave just
> like food colouring I figure
> Any other suggestions of non-traditional media?
> Or....projects that you
> think might be non-traditional?
> I would appreciate any advice, suggestions, things
> that work well, etc....
> Thanks
> Sue
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