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My 8th graders been working on 18" "Giacometti" sculptural figures on wood
bases with wire coathangers, paper mache, and then covering with brown
paper bagging. We've been using brown tempera paint as a base coat,
sponging on with green and then sponging on with gold paint. Other options
include still using a brown base with sponging on black then silver OR
sponging on with teal and then copper...all tempera paint. It's OKAY but
I'd like to find something else to do with them paintwise.
Have any of you used the spray stone-like stuff, the "marbled" effect
stuff, OR patina paint stuff from the local artstores? I'm looking for a
C-H-E-A-P antiquing idea to try other than what I'm already using. Any
The "speckled" spray paints are super expensive...like around $8/can last I
checked. You could spray paint them with regular spray colors, and have the
students "speckle" with toothbrushes or other tools. Our Science teachers
were going to throw out a ton of old stuff, and it was an art teachers FIND!
These little wire brushes used to clean out test tubes are great for the
speckling. Also, they had all these little 3"x4" plastic trays with tiny
cups for some experiment that are just great for watercolor palettes. You
could continue their "sponging" techniques over the spray paint, too. What
about "painting" clothing? Or real cloth pieces for the attire. You
probably don't want to cover up all the sculptural detail, though. Hmmm.