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I have had some sucess with plain old gesso and newspapers. I use a
heavy cover stock paper (that we usually have donated to the art dept)
and brush on a very thin coat of acrylic gesso with a cheap 3"
paintbrush. Before it dries, we work to quickly rub it with an image
from the newspaper--words, cartoons, ads, etc and then quikly peel it
off. We keep brushing and rubbing until a desired background of images
is created. The students then work on it to do their own drawings in
colored pencil or watercolor pencil according to the assignment. Some
have even used acrylic paints. It has the look of Rauschenburg's work
and is easy and non-toxic. (By the way, he is one of the most popular
artists with my advanced students.)
Gloss medium also works as does Xerox copies(--I'm a transfer fiend. We
have done a lot of transfers--used almost everything I know of to
transfer) Hope you have fun with this but it can be finicky.
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