paper, pencil, acrylic paint in primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), paint brushes, cup of water, paper towels
Draw a square on the paper with the pencil
Use the pencil to separate the square into three sections
For this technique, you can use the paint straight out of the tube
Add a small amount of paint to a wet brush. You can always add more paint or more water.
Paint each section with the colors red, yellow, and blue
Now the waiting part. Wait until the paint is completely dry. This should take 15-30 minutes, but successive layers will take longer to dry. Use this time to get some errands done, play video games, or whatever you want.
Turn the paper around 90 degrees and divide the square again into 3 sections
Paint over each section with the colors red, yellow, and blue. Use a thin (watered down) layer with visible brushstrokes.
Observe your completed second layer and allow to dry completely
Note that when yellow and red are layered, they appear orange. When red and blue are layered, they appear purple. When yellow and blue are layered, they appear green.
Now turn the paper another 90 degrees and divide each 3rd into three sections
Once layer 3 dries completely, turn the page another 90 degrees and repeat the same procedure as above
Here’s the finished product:
What did you notice about the way acrylic paint colors interact when layered?