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Dirty Purple Ditto Sheets

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Ditte Wolff (
Sat, 25 May 1996 21:30:19 -0600

I hope someone will answer my request for those icky ditto cover masters, I
was a little afraid to tell you what I am using them for, figured you'd try
it and then wouldn't send them off to me. I'll take the chance. First a
little history. I had set up three still lifes using some interesting
things from my collections of artifacts from Japan, Africa and Mexico. You
know, a little multi cultural lesson as well. The kids (high school) did
some beautiful drawings in graphite (line only) and then did another one in
colored pencil from the set-ups. Used 9x12 Index paper, and encouraged
them to mix colors. They worked very hard, and the results were great, but
very realistic and tight.
So, here's what followed..While they were drawing away, I took their line
drawings and xeroxed them in two or three different sizes. I then gave them
18x24 inch paper (white construction) and the xeroxes of their first
drawing. I showed them by placing the drawing over the purple ditto sheet
(not the white part) they could draw and the ditto worked like a very
strong carbon paper. I encouraged them to draw a little part only and then
move the xerox a little in one direction or another and draw some more. By
moving the drawing and not always looking, some interesting results were
starting to happen. Using the different scale xeroxes also created other
effects. Images shifted around, were repeated, overlappped and turned in
different directions. They could look at any point they wanted, but the
idea was not to achieve a "perfect" image of the still life. Next-- by
taking an eraser and rubbing across the line that was drawn from the ditto
and interesting purple smearing line was created. This could be stroked in
many different ways. The effect was great. I found by painting over parts
with water a beautiful purple wash was created. To this the student were
able to add other materials of their choice, such as colored pencil,
pastel, oil pastel, collage (mostly paper towels or newsprint). The
results were exciting, and no two were alike. Everyone was successful!
So now you know. Do I still get some of your old dittoes? Please.
As a bribe, I will send you a copy of a book my students published on
Future Skulls. Stories and Ink drawings, par excelllance!
Ditte Wolff
San Marcos High School, art dept.
4750 Hollister Ave
Santa Barbara, Calif. 93110