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Watercolor Technique – Warm Colored Monsters

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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

 
I used a Monster Roll & Draw Page to get started with my drawing.
 
outlining the monster with orange 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.
 
 
 

Add Watercolor Paint

 
painting the monster with orange watercolor
 
 
 
 

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

 
Warm Colored Monster with wet paint for  this watercolor technique that uses plastic wrap to teach about warm and cool colors. - Warm Colors - Color Art Lesson Idea - Painted Monster Lesson
 
 

Make sure the paint is still wet  when you apply the plastic wrap. 

monster with wet watercolors and plastic wrap laying on the wet watercolor
 
 
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

 
a close up of the texture on the warm colored monster a close up of the texture on the cool colored monster
 
 
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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A close-up of a cartoon monster showing the eye and ear. The shapes of the orange and red monster were outlined with oil pastel before being painted with watercolor. Plastic wrap was laid on the wet watercolor to create a texture. The text says, "Technique Demo - Warm-Colored Monster - Plastic Wrap Technique".
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Stacey Peters

Stacey Peters

I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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  1. You certainly could. But I used drawing paper. Watercolor paper would have stayed a little flatter. Thanks for your question. I need to get my notification email updated….sorry for the delayed response!

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