Friday, March 5, 2010

Q-tip Pointillism

Hello Friday raviolis.  It is going to be a beautiful day and I hope you are all looking forward to a fun weekend.  Grandma-ma put a new header up on her other blog.  It is a picture she took under the water while in Cancun last Christmas.

  The photo reminded me of the Impressionist painters who used "dots" of paint to create a painting.  Here is a famous painting called "The Eiffel Tower" by Georges Seurat who used tiny dots of paint (called pointillism) to create this painting.

If you click on the photo, it will enlarge and you can see the tiny dots of paint. 

Grandma-ma thinks it would be fun to create a painting using the Pointillist technique.  You can do this with water colors and q-tips or you can use water based markers.  Click on this LINK and it will take you to the picture of easter eggs you see below.  Print out the picture and ask mom or dad or a friend to help you set up your water color paints and a box of q-tips.  If you are using markers, be sure to use the water base ones.

Dip the Q-tip in the water and then the water color paint and "tap" the picture with the end of the paint filled q-tip.  How easy is that?  Continue to add lots of dots or points of paint on the picture using different colors and you will have created a Pointillist picture.   Here is an example of what your dots can look like.

There are different color dots and some dots are close together and some dots even overlap each other.   If you are using markers, you gently tap a dot on the picture and keep adding dots until the colors are close together.  Pointillist takes time.  It does not go fast but it is very pretty when you are finished. I hope you enjoy learning about Pointillist and if you finish a picture, please take a picture and send it to grandma-ma.  She would love to post your work on your blog.  Have a wonderful day my painting raviolis.  Love grandma-ma

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