Monday, February 10, 2014

Jim Dine Valentine's Day project






I love this print of Jim Dine's titled The Handkerchief. I have done several Jim Dine projects over the years, but have never come across this particular print. I decided to experiment with bleeding tissue paper, acrylic paint and chalk and nu pastels to see if I could create a lesson with a similar look and feel. 

Here is what I came up with-




I have tried this with a preschool class and with  K-6th grade students at one of the schools I teach at. The kids loved choosing colors and applying the tissue paper. (the bleeding tissue paper is always a winner!). For the preschool class I applied the pastel and let them blend with their finger.(sorry forgot to take pictures at the end). They turned out amazing though-neither the students or their parents could believe they had done them. The older kids are only half way thru so I will post the finished projects next week.

7 comments:

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  2. Can you explain how you did this project? Thanks so much, love the end result! Nice work!

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  3. Can you explain how you did this project? Thanks so much, love the end result! Nice work!

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    1. HI ROBIN, Using bleeding tissue paper cut into squares, the kids lay them out how they like, (I tell them to mix up colors). One at a time they brush water under and over each piece. After they are all done, you can peel the papers off (they kind of fall off). Kids love this part. Then I had a heart template they traced around and filled in with red acrylic paint.Next they used a white chalk pastel to add highlights on the heart and smudged a little with their finger. Then using both black nu pastel (harder chalk pastel), and a regular soft pastel in black they outline around the heart. Next they use their finger to smudge the line. I had them use the edge of the soft pastel to add some smudges elsewhere on the picture. (limit this though or it will be a mess). Good luck! This is a fun project.

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  4. Thank you for the details! Sounds like so much fun!!!!! I hope to see more projects like this in the future! :)

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  5. Did you use watercolor paper? And I've never used bleeding tissue paper, is it sold specifically for that? Or can you use any kind of tissue paper?

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  6. Erin,

    Yes I did use watercolor paper. And the bleeding tissue is an art tissue. I get mine at Nasco. It is called Spectrum tissue paper.
    Regular tissue paper does not bleed.

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