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Re: Dispensing Watercolors

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JUDIEJ48
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 01:16:39 -0400 (EDT)

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I assume these are the watercolor inks. If so, I have had success in
dispensing these on recycled plastic plates--I used the clear kind because I
had a number of these on hand from a big party (a great way to recycle those
plastic cups and plates that usually get tossed--run through dishwasher first
to remove any greasy residue). White ones would be even better to see the
colors. Using the dropper in the bottle each student gets a limited pallete
of some form of primaries and some black for shading. Obviously, they would
be working on a small piece of watercolor paper--about 81/2 by 11. As
students need additional inks, they could replenish. I usually controlled
the disbursement of inks, since the students tend to take more than they
need. Even after the inks dry on the plastic plates, they can be
reconstituted with a wet brush. The key is to limit the pallets with only
primary colors and a black and white. This not only cuts down on the waste,
but when they mix their secondaries and intermediates, the resulting colors
are all from the same "parent" colors.

Speaking of recycling, I discovered that old tie-dye inks are an excellent
painting medium--same results, even better, more intense colors than
watercolor inks and MUCH CHEAPER! When they dry, they can be reconstituted
by adding a drop or two of water. Use with caution, as the inks stain the
skin and clothes. I don't use these with younger students.

If you happen to be talking about tube watercolors, you can dispense these in
the same manner. When they dry, they can be brought up again with a wet
brush. (You can get relatively inexpensive plastic pallets from an art
supply company--Sax,
Nasco, Pearls, etc.)

Hope this helps!

Judie J


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