This project is great for experimenting and letting loose resulting in a funky abstract piece where there’s always something to look at!
-various pieces of cardboard or something to scrape paint with like an old plastic card, plastic recycling, etc.
-acrylic paint, 3-4 colours
-paint brush (optional)
-markers, pens, or pastels for drawing
-painting surface such as paper or canvas
1. Get your painting surface ready. Here I am using paper.
Choose 3-4 paint colours. Having less colours will prevent colours from getting muddy. Dip the edge of the cardboard in paint. Drag and scrape the paint onto the paper starting from anywhere in the page.
2. Overall the process will be very simple! The rest is all about just scraping paint and making marks on the paper. You can experiment with stamping, layering, twisting or rotating the cardboard, or cut down the cardboard into various sizes!
3. Continue filling up the paper! I did some zig zags, stamping and layering of colours.
4. Using black paint for contrast, I’m going to make various marks. Marks can be dots, scribbles, hatching, etc. You can make up your own markings or check out our shading and mark making worksheet.
I also used a black marker to make thinner, smaller markings. You can also use various pens, pencils, or pastels.
5. Continue adding marks until you are happy with the results and you’re done!