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Jackson Pollock Inspired Splatter Art

Jackson Pollock Inspired Splatter Art

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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - May 9, 2020

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Jackson Pollock Inspired Splatter Art

Using ink and straws, we will be creating colourful, abstract paintings inspired by the style of Jackson Pollock!

Jackson Pollock was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

Abstract Expressionism  is art that shows emotions and ideas through nonrepresentational forms.

Splatter Painting refers to a set of techniques for using brushes and other implements to flick, throw, or drip paint onto a painting surface instead of painting with brushes to create original abstract art.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: 140lb sheet of watercolour paper 9x12” or 11x14”, multicoloured ink or some kind of watered down paint, eyedropper, straw, apron, protected work space.

Step 1: Begin by preparing an area to work. This includes protecting the table top, floor, and your clothing from possible splattered paint.

* If you do not have coloured ink, watered down acrylic paint will work. Just make sure the paint is quite runny.

Step 2: Using an eyedropper or the dropper that comes with the ink, squeeze some paint on your paper. Now take a straw a blow the ink!

Step 3: Play around with various sizes of ink drops and make sure to rotate your paper periodically.

* If you start to notice ‘puddles’ of ink forming on your paper, take a piece of paper towel and dab up some of the ink.

* Less is more with this project! However, dabbing up some of the ink can create MAGnificent marks on your art!

Step 4: It’s always a good idea to step back from your art to see how things are looking. Step back and see if you need to add more paint to your image or maybe your piece seems finished. You will ‘feel’ when it is done! Trust your gut!

Jackson Pollock Inspired splatter art infograph

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