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Markers are magical. Bright vivid pigments flow from soft squishy tips and dance delightfully on crisp sheets of paper. Markers are such a versatile medium for exploratory art experiences, from applying color on the surface of wood beads to creating a resist by layering marker over waxy crayon lines.
FUN FACT : In 1952 American inventor Sidney Rosenthal developed the first felt-tip writing implement. His ink-filled bottle with a wool wick was dubbed the “Magic Marker” because of its ability to write on almost any surface. (via Real Simple)
HOW-TO TUESDAY :
Before disposing of makers that have dried out, create colorful liquid watercolor paints by simply placing the marker (tip down) in water for a few days. Clear containers allow you to watch the transformation, a grouping of mason jars becomes a colorful art installation in the studio.
PARENTS/CAREGIVERS, EDUCATORS, ARTISTS OF ALL AGES : Consider using the process as a wonderful way to reinforce color theory principles by allowing young artists to create custom colors and experiment with "Color Recipes". Place a red and yellow marker into a clear container, predict the outcome, and observe the color that is created. Provide an opportunity to become a "Color Chef" : Connect literacy and math to visual art learning and write "Color Recipes" (Red + Yellow = Orange/Yellow + Blue = Green/Red + Blue = Purple). As you name each color, use corresponding markers to write the matching color name. Brainstorm foods that are red, yellow, orange, etc and draw your favorites. Play a game of iSpy : Close your eyes, choose a marker, name the color, and search for an object that matches the color.
When the water transforms into a bright vivid color, remove the markers and consider recycling the plastic tubes. Crayola launched ColorCycle as an opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to explore eco-friendly practices. The initiative collects and repurposes markers while providing resources to educate, engage, and encourage understanding the importance of our role in protecting the environment.
Time to play with your new liquid watercolors! Explore a variety of brushes and papers, dip the bristles into the jar and move puddles of color across the surface. Experiment with cotton swabs, eye droppers, and straws to apply the watercolor in interesting ways. Create colorful resists when the watercolor paint is brushed over washi tape and crayons. Use the Creativity stARTers list of prompts to inspire your masterpiece making. Enjoy the process! If you're on social media, share those wonderful watercolors : remember to tag @smartstudioakron (Instagram and Facebook) @smARTSakron (Twitter) and use the hashtags #HowToTuesday and #getsmART