Re: Dustless Chalk
How about having the students apply soft pastels by rubbing them into
the surface of the paper with cotton balls?
They could use paper for stencils...stencils of negative shapes and
positive shapes...or they could cut or tear interesting edges on
strips of paper that they would apply the chalks directly to, and
then wipe the chalks onto the main paper using a cotton ball or
tissue. This is the idea behind a Georgia-O'Keefe-inspired pueblo
project I have seen in many sources...I think the technique has lots
of potential beyond the pueblo imagery, and now that it has been
refreshed in my mind, I look forward to demonstrating it to my
students and seeing what they come up with!
One advantage of the cotton-ball application of the soft pastels is
that it presses the powder into the paper fibers (You have to
emphasis this to the students, though, so that they really try to
work the color into the paper, not just wipe it onto the surface), so
the result is not as messy, though the process itself still is.
As for dipping the chalks into tempera--thanks for the suggestion,
Kathy O! I will have to try this one. I have done something similar,
but not using chalks. My students dipped oil pastels into tempera to
create textured strokes that are outlined with the tempera. Looks
very cool, but results in a textured piece, not a good surface for
stamping patterns. I guess the amount of texture would be determined
by the thickness of the tempera.
Cyntia, I'd love to see how this project turns out. What age group is
doing this? Are your students creating the stamps or using stamps you
have on hand? Inquiring minds want to know...like me!
Amy in TN