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Lesson Plans

RE: lighter fluid

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Sharon Hause (smhause)
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 07:46:24 PST

When I introduce collage in my drawing class, I have the students page
through numerous magazines and fill a folder of ideas related to a
central theme. It is best to use newer magazines and choose images from
paper that are not waxy, shiny, or too thin. Experiment with which
magazines work best for you. Of course photos that have brighter colors
will transfer better and remember that the end result will be in mirror
image. Pour a very small amount of lighter fluid in a cup and use a
small water color brush. You can apply the fluid quite precisely. Wait
until the fluid is no longer shiny looking, usually a couple
seconds/minute. I have them transfer on white tagboard or heavy paper.
Place the image face down and tape down with drafting tape. Use a fluid
ball point pen and rapidly rub in either a horizontal or diagonal
gesture, depending on the effect you want. You can also cross hatch if
you do it quickly. The image is transferred. The students love this
project, in fact I had a student from last year who was collecting
magazines pictures until the class was offered this fall. I am amazed
on their thinking skills and the topics they choose to collage. Their
thinking is a lot "deeper" than me when I was their age.

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