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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

* Black Glue and Watercolor Resist: How To Make Black Elmer'sGlue


This is a project I used to love to do with my students
when I was an elementary art teacher!
Black glue and watercolor resist!
This is a classic art teacher project and the results are always beautiful. 


Start by mixing some black acrylic craft paint
into a bottle of Elmer's Glue-All white school glue. 

I use a couple of big blobs of paint, 
Yes, I know, it's a very scientific measuring technique!

I screw on the lid tightly and shake it really well to mix it up.
I shouldn't have to say this, but please understand that your glue
will always be black now, in this bottle - no backsies.  : )


Sketch your drawing/design lightly in pencil 
on watercolor paper then trace over 
the whole drawing with the black glue. 


You can also just draw a picture "free-style" 
like "E" is doing here.


Let it dry completely.
Ours took a whole day to dry. 


The next day, you can start to paint it. 
We used our watercolor paints
to paint ours, it has a stained-glass
or velvet poster look with the thick black outlines.



It's fun to do.


Artist "C" hard at work.


Happy Elmer's Glue Kids Craft Camp Week!


Visit my post from Saturday August 6th and leave a comment
for a chance to win a prize pack of awesome art supplies
from our friends at Elmer's Glue!
This giveaway is now closed.


Another lovely tutorial of this project can be found at the lovely Gail's blog,
That Artist Woman, she is a kindred art teacher spirit and posts WONDERFUL lessons on her blog!

Fondly,
pink and green mama, MaryLea

All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Elmer's glue provided me and my family with a crate full of art supplies
to review and keep. I did not receive any additional compensation for this post. 


26 comments:

Sylvie Créative said...

Both paints are so nice! Love the idea to have a black glue ;) Thanks a lot! Kisses

Angie @ Kids Matter said...

I love the black glue! We will certainly be trying this activity. I never thought to put paint in my glue. Thanks!!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Absolutely love this technique. What possibilities. I am going to try it with my girls!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ KJ I know you and your girls would come up with some awesome ideas -- LOVE the Rapunzel photo prop from your daughter's bday party! : )

-MaryLea

julie said...

Okay, that is hugely awesome! I'm now imagining an entire rainbow of glue to play with--now I know what to do today!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Julie - Great minds think alike! We're working on our own set of RAINBOW glue too!! : )

-MaryLea

Ticia said...

What a great idea! Just goes to show why I need so MANY bottles of glue.

Deceptively Educational said...

This is such an awesome idea and the results are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

April said...

This is probably going to sound creepy and stalker-y but I just adore you! I wish we were friends in real life. Looks like your little one is talented just like her mommy! Thank you for continually providing me and my children great crafty ideas we can do together. Awesome, just awesome...

Liberty said...

I am overly excited to try this out soon with my daughter!!! What a beautiful project!

Cat said...

Ok, adding this to my list of 1000+ things to do from this blog, lol

Do you just wake up and think "how awesome am I going to be today?" LOL
YOUR BLOG ROCKS, such inspiration!!

Gili said...

Hi, My name is Gili and I'm addicted to this blog... :)
The result is just amazing. This small idea make a big twist. I love it and i'm sure my girls are going to love it! thanks!

meg duerksen said...

WAAAAAAAY cool.
i love this.
we are definitely doing it!!

Amanda said...

Oh I love this! Thanks for such a fun craft to do with Maddie!

Leslie said...

This is awesome~! Definitely doing this at our afterschool kids program here in Costa Rica!

Alicia C. said...

What an amazing effect! We'll definitely be trying this out, especially as the holidays get closer. I see a really cool, really creepy Halloween painting in our future!!

Laura said...

Oh, that is just the coolest thing ever! I can't wait to try it with my kids.

Laura @ Come Together Kids

kristin said...

i looooooooooooooove this! thanks for the inspiration again!

Calling All Sleepyheads said...

Love your owl! I also teach art to kids from my home studio-love to do resists, but never tried black glue. Love the results! So glad to run across your blog!

Bonnie said...

Awesome idea! I love it! I'll be sure to be doing this activity within the next week!!

jen at paintcutpaste.com said...

okay, i'm obsessed with this! it's so velvet poster black-light groovy, but without any of that cheese. pure genius, once again! gotta try it! (wait, did i already comment on this?)

Gail said...

Great to see another application of the black glue resist.

Firefly Mom said...

What a great idea! I've never seen anyone color glue before, but now that I see how it easy it is, it seems like a no-brainer! Thanks. :)

Amanda said...

So cool! I can't wait to try it!

Kat said...

Oh I love it!!! We are stuck at the hospital right now and I am goint to find some glue and paint and we are making this!!! Thank you!

Erika said...

Love this project. The colors of your owl are so vibrant. What kind of watercolors are you using? I noticed they are different than the kids' paint.

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