On Tuesday, I'm going to pass out some Tyvek paper and let the students try it just to see what interesting texture it creates for you by just painting on it. I wasn't sure what to have them try but I saw an old lighthouse painting with rocks that I did in a class many years ago (this is on gessoed paper but the rocks got me thinking). I looked up some lighthouse photos from WetCanvas and found one I liked. I printed it out and enlarged it (so it's a good size for tracing) for everyone to use.
When tracing onto Tyvek, I don't want harsh graphite lines showing so I took a watercolor pencil, colored the back of the photograph and then traced the photograph, which left faint blue watercolor pencil lines on the Tyvek paper - which usually can be washed away when you start painting. Then I painted the sky, the water, the lighthouse and the rocks. I put in that shape behind the lighthouse and was going to leave it white but painted it with cerulean blue - just to add more variety. The crease in the painting is due to my keeping the Tyvek shoved behind my watercolor paper in a Cheap Joe's container and some of the sheets got a little bent. Not sure it will come out but it's just a class demo so no big deal. I could still go in and really go to town on the rocks - more like the top painting - but I kind of like the softer look of the bottom rocks. Anyway, I'm ready for the class.
Today is Veterans Day.
For all those who serve or have served, thank you.