Blackout Drawing

Blackout Drawing

As I sat here on the weekend colouring with Clayton, I remembered something I had done as a kid.

We had a large bulletin board on our kitchen wall. One time (probably more), I covered it in a large sheet of paper, and started colouring, random colours and designs on it, using pencil crayons. Once the entire sheet was covered, I took a black crayon and covered the sheet with black wax! Then took a flat ended toothpick and made designs in the black wax, letting the colours shine through.

Last weekend, I decided to give it a quick try, only I just had crayons on hand. Here are the results. Look below the pics for ideas and suggestions for making this project more fun and variations on types of medium to use.

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Colour sheet of paper many colours

  • pencil crayons will work better if using crayon to cover in black
  • oil pastel will produce more vibrant colour underneath if using Black poster paint on top.

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The crayon on crayon did not cover as well. I am going to try the poster paint next time.
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Use a screw driver, chopsticks, or any other hard object that will scratch off the black layer.

This is a fun project to have ready in craft bags. You can either let the kids make it from the beginning of the process, or have the blackout paper ready for them to use.

 

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