Color Between the Lines, Then Let It Rip
Project Title: “Negative Space Sunbursts”
1. Get a few pieces of masking or painter’s tape.
2. Block off sections of paper as desired (e.g., from a point in the center to create “rays”).
3. Use watercolors to create exciting colorful areas between the strips of tape.
4. When relatively dry, remove tape and voila!
Ages 4 and up with help from a grown-up.
30 minutes or less.
• Heavy white paper or cardstock (half-size)
• Masking or painter’s tape
• Watercolor sets
• Crayons (optional – for wax resist)
• Water cups
• Bottle or jug for clean water
• Paper towels
• Participants explore the ideas of negative space and implied line (in less technical terms).
• Participants explore color mixing and color relationships – how different colors look when placed next to other colors.
• Encourages participants to take risks with a “surprise” at the end of the project.
• Allows participants to make their own creative decisions (there are no right or wrong solutions).
• Teaches working in a multi-step process.
• Teaches handling tools and materials appropriately.