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Lab 21 – Texture Mixtures
Consider all the friendly monsters you have seen in books and in movies. Do they have horns or bushy hair? Perhaps they have big ears or long tails. You are the artist and you get to decide what features your monster will have. Because we will make the textured, colored papers ourselves and collage them together, you get to decide what colors your monster will be. You can sketch a few monsters out first, if you like—or not.
Meet the Artist: Rebecca Emberley
Rebecca Emberley has been writing and illustrating children’s books for many years. ‘I like to do lots of other arty things,’ she says. ‘My current interest is silkscreening; I sew, I do graphic design work, and this year I even dabbled in music production. I have lived in many places and love to travel—it keeps my perspective fresh. I like to learn how other people live.’
- Construction paper for background
- Watercolor pans
- Container of water
- Texture plates
- Oil pastel
- Glue stick
- Newspaper and paper towels
Fig. 1: Add texture designs to your paper
1. Choose a texture plate (or other texture-maker; see Unit 1, page 24) for your design and place your paper on top of it. Rub the oil pastel over the top of the paper to highlight the texture underneath (fig. 1).
Fig. 2: Cut out the parts of the monster.
2. Make several different texture patterns, so you will have enough papers for your entire monster. When finished, paint over the papers with a contrasting watercolor color. Let the papers dry completely.
Fig. 3: Glue down the pieces.
3. Draw on the backside of the paper with a pencil to create a guideline for cutting out your monster parts.
4. Cut out the parts and assemble them on the larger paper (fig. 2).
5. Glue down the parts, as described in Unit 1, page 25 (fig. 3).