Monsters are a fun way to put some color theory to use. This is my warm colored monster that I create using watercolors oil pastels and some plastic wrap. The plastic wrap watercolor technique is a fun way to create a texture in your watercolor painting.
Monster Drawing & Oil Pastels
After going over my pencil lines with a sharpie marker, I used oil pastels to color in small areas and outline the larger areas. I did this to keep more of the watercolors inside the lines when I apply the plastic wrap. The plastic wrap sometimes pushes the paint around accidentally.
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What are Warm & Cool Colors?
After I finished with the oil pastels, I painted the monster using more “warm colors”. What are warm colors?
Warm colors, like red, orange and yellow, are colors that remind us of the sun and fire. Artists use warm colors to give a picture a warm feeling.
Cool colors, like blue, purple, and green remind us of cool water and shadows. Artists use cool colors to give a picture a cool feeling.
Plastic Wrap Watercolor Technique
Make sure the paint is still wet when you apply the plastic wrap.
After I finished painting, I applied the plastic wrap. This is the kind of plastic sold in a grocery store for covering food. I made sure the plastic wrap had some wrinkles in it.
If it’s not wrinkled when you first put it down, then you can carefully move it around with your fingers.
The plastic wrap will need to stay in place until the paint is dry.
This could take several hours. Therefore, don’t plan on removing the watercolor during the same art class as you painted.
Waiting is always the hardest part!
Finished Warm & Cool Monsters
Here are two examples of the kind of texture in watercolor you can get after you lift up the plastic wrap. I didn’t outline the purple monster with oil pastels and you can see that the paint bled into the white of the eyes and teeth. If this doesn’t bother you, then you can skip the oil pastel step. Crayons will also do the same thing as the oil pastels. Push a little harder with the crayons than the oil pastels to make sure that the crayon is applied heavily.
I hope you have fun creating a textured monster with watercolors and plastic wrap.
Will you use warm or cool colors?
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