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Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's a DRAG! Abstract Painting

Here's a quick abstract painting that your middle-schooler can do in minutes. It's pretty addicting, so make sure you have a couple canvases on hand and do one yourself!



It's a DRAG! Abstract Painting

Supplies Needed:

  • Canvas board (canvas stretched over cardboard--you can get multi-packs at the craft store), we used 9" x 12"
  • Acrylic paints in tubes
  • Corrugated cardboard scraps
Directions:

1. Squeeze some of the acrylic paint onto one edge of the canvas. you'll need a good blob of a couple of colors.

2. Use the flat edge of a cardboard scrap as a squeegie to drag the paint across the canvas. Once you've dragged the paint one way, add more acrylic paint to another edge of the canvas and repeat, dragging toward the opposite edge. It helps if you don't press too hard while you are dragging the cardboard across the canvas--you'll just scrape all the paint off! Use the squeegie lightly to move the paint like you are frosting a cake. Add more blobs of paint and squeegie away, until you get a composition you like.

3. Let the piece dry. At this point, you can be done OR, once the first layers have dried, you can repeat the process again to make the painting more multi-layered. Ta-da! Modern Art!

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