Drawing

Drawing Bleach & Pen

The works shown here are created using bleach and pen on either green or brown cover paper ( snake, turtle on brown cover paper and leaves on green cover paper) or white cartridge paper painted with a wash of food dye in a variety of colours (butterfly, sun and sea). * Students developed a design and drew it onto their cover paper or painted cartridge paper.

  • Bleach was applied to the design using cotton wool buds and small lids to hold the bleach (we used a gel like bleach to avoid splashing) however we have found that ordinary bleach is contained without any problems.  As the students work over the design the colours in the cover paper and food dye are taken away and the students find the process quite magical.
  • In the next art session we used black pens both fine and thick to trace around either side of the bleach lines to add contrast to the work.
  • We mounted the cover paper work on contrasting mounts and cut around the butterfly adding an additional mount and created a free flowing work

Drawing In Relief:

The artwork shown below was created by applying glue over the drawn design. We used coloured cover paper to give depth to the background and soft pastels were used to create the finished work. The castle images had glitter sprinkled over the glue immediately it was applied and gives an interesting effect. This looks very textural especially on imaginative work such as the castle artwork below and works well for underwater images and the pretty glow of the butterfly. The butterfly image shown was finished off with oil pastels instead of the soft pastel.

  • Have students create an image using the full page space - this encourages them to use more broad lines as it is not possible to obtain fine detail using this process. This should be made clear to all students prior to working.
  • Using a glue container with a nozzle draw around the outline of the design with the glue and leave to dry. If the glitter is to be used then it should be sprinkled over the glue at this stage and immediately shaken off - the students love this concept.
  • The glue is left to dry for the next session and the pastels are then applied to add the colour to the design.