I have students put magazines under their paper when laying down wax crayon for
good resist effects. They do need to press down hard even so. You need to
have good crayons too. I do use a heavy white paper. Nevertheless, the resist
technique doesn't resist completely. However, this is part of the process. I
would show students to let the paint float over the crayon rather than scrub or
brush the paint into the paper. I have seen many students scrub the paint on
and this is counter intuitive to the effects desired. I believe watercolor
paint should not be overworked to keep it fresh and to allow for the paint to
pool in various areas to get a variety of different tints and shades of color.
Many students brush out the wonderful effects of watercolor and the paint
becomes pretty flat.
Oil pastels and/or craypas work well too. Tempera paint is not
recommended...Only watercolor paint. I use Prang watercolors. I think these
are the best student grade watercolor paint sets.
I hope this helps.
P.S. If you are trying to do a tempera india ink resist, then put 1/2 part
elmers glue (not school glue) in each container of tempera paint. Use colored
construction paper. Also, dilute the india ink too...do not put it on full
strength. Check out the book, Emphasis Art...this process is explained in
detail in this book. Be sure to wash out your paint brushes thoroughly since
they will have glue on them. If you don't your brushes will need to be used as
recycled items. :-)
Quoting robin phillips <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Hi All-
> Once again asking for help and picking your brains! I have done resist
> paintings in the past, but I never have much success. I always seem to need
> to blot off the india ink or watered down tempera or watercolor because it
> covers the other media too completely. I have used oil pastel and colored
> pencil as the media to be covered. The students are instructed to press
> hard and leave space between the areas of color. Is the choice of paper
> Any light that can be shed on this will be appreciated.
> Thanks in advance, you always come through!
> Robin in PA
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