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Lesson Plans

Re: Gesso-ing ties?

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Wed, 15 Dec 1999 10:38:06 EST

In a message dated 12/15/99 5:28:40 AM Central Standard Time,
sharonbk writes:

Just a quick question--do you paint all surfaces of the tie with gesso? I
assume you'd have to for it to look right, but I just wonder if it would
make it too stiff to tie, and then would the gesso flake off onto a shirt?
I'm intrigued by the idea, but want to figure out the logistics before
trying it--especially if it's used as a functional item. Thanks!
Sharon >>
Hi Sharon,
I can't take credit for this idea. Heather first mentioned "Art on Ties"
as a Christmas gift, Father's Day gift or fund raiser. She wanted any ideas
like a "Save the Children" type thing and asked the art ring for ideas. Tom
Johnsen said, "You could find a source for discarded mens ties, [you could
raid your husbands closet or go to the Thrift Store) or get them donated."
IMPORTANT: These are not meant to be worn! They are art for the walls. You
would tie them like normal, gesso them on all sides then paint. On second
thought, it may be difficult to do the fabric crayon transfer onto this
gessoed surface. I have not tried it. I think it would be stiff but
somewhat pliable. I would stick with an abstract crayon drawing and do some
overlapping. You might get some interesting designs. It is just a way to
recycle and have a different work surface. Personally, I can see several of
these lined up all painted different and mounted on a board. You could even
have a theme, or maybe something from art history. You could do one with an
old shirt wearing the tie. Stiffen both pieces together (Stiffy), mount it on
a board, gesso it and paint it. Make it kinda sculptural. I would mention
this to a class & let them bring some stuff in. I bet they would come up
with some pretty cool designs. Good luck.

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