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Gooey Glue Doodles

"When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces
of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.
Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night -
there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book."
— Christopher Morley

the two above are on drawing paper, with glue, painted with J. Herbin ink using a brush

watercolor paper, with glue, watercolored

watercolor paper, with ink saturated glue, before painting (sorry no after shot)

wet glue just after "painting" the mandala

A spur-of-the-moment mandala with good old elmer's glue. Felt like a kid in kindergarten using goopy glue (it had been a while since I dabbled in glue) and my giggling prompted my daughter (10) to grab the other bottle and paint too. 

If I said, "OK girls, let's paint with glue" they might scoff. OK they would likely scoff. So I just start something and more often than not they get curious and want to try. And when they don't, I've learned that that is OK too! I'm a creative role model:).

The next day we painted the raised outlines of the dried glue (we didn't wipe or change the glued areas) with watercolors and J. Herbin inks. The ink didn't "stain" the dry glue, but in spots I took a wet q-tip and rubbed the ink off the glue to have more contrast. The hot pink mandala was made by dropping about 1/4 tsp of ink into a half bottle of glue, shaking, and the flowy ink gave it super intense color.

If you try this resist method, leave the URL for the page in the comments and I'll link!

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Reader Comments (4)

Such simple tools - and the results are outstanding! Love the added color! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

what a great idea! I've never thought of doing that on purpose (though I've sometimes had it happen by accident). Aren't J. Herbin inks lovely?

this glue post reminds me of something we used to do as kids - colour a stripey worm using markers on plastic - like a laminated wall calendar, something like that. Then lay your line/blob of glue over it. The colour seeps up into the glue as it dries and you get this colourful semi-transparent glue worm. We used to carry them around, admire them and trade them. Some girls even stuck holes in them and wore them as a pendant. Does anyone else remember doing this?

10.7.2010 | Unregistered Commentersophie_vf

Terri, Thank you for saying hello - it was really a pleasant surprise to see how the mandalas turned out. We did about 5 more, it was fun!

Sophie, The rainbow glue worm trick wasn't part of my childhood, but that certainly sounds like a bunch of fun. Guessing the boys put them down the backs of other kids too... and yes, the J. Herbin inks are so saturated, luscious color indeed.


10.7.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

This might be a cool thing to try out with my students. I'll have to take note of it!

10.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorahMamela

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