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Neocolor Plaid Background

"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look... To affect the quality of the day -- that is the highest of arts."
Henry David Thoreau

11x15" watercolor paper

neocolors + water + grid = magic


  • large piece of watercolor paper
  • paint brush
  • caran d'ache neocolor ii wax crayons, 12-15 colors [neocolor ii are water soluble]
  • container of water
  • ruler + pencil, for drawing lines
  • [optional: sewing machine for stitching lines]


1. Draw 6-8 lines vertically and horizontally. Use a ruler to draw the lines, but don't measure in between so the intervals are uneven. [Optional: stitch lines on the paper using various stitches.]

2. Draw rough neocolor stripes hotizontally, each stripe one color, use colors you like, drawing each square separately (a little white space at the edges).

3. Draw stripes vertically, each stripe one color, use colors you like; use 1-2 the same as the other direction if you wish.

4. Paint each square with brush + water.

5. Hint: Clean brush with clear water before each square, so colors don't get muddy.

6. Allow paper to dry flat, by placing a sheet of parchment paper on top and putting a bunch of dictionaries or Harry Potter books on top.

7. Add gesso, collage, anything you wish, on this colorful background. Or cut into ATCs!

{NaNoJouMo #6 2010}

{Check out my AEDM and NANOJOUMO creations for 2010!}

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Reader Comments (2)

I love how that turned out and I'm so glad you shared the directions/process because I was wondering!!! Very pretty. Today's goal: clean off sewing table so it can actually be used to sew - for this and several other projects!

11.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffani

don't know if you see posts to old messages or not but i wanted to comment on this. i tried this today and loved it. i sewed my grid and liked that it was like a boundary that kept the colors inside .i just have a small set of 30 colors (there are so many others i want) so i was very apprehensive once i stated coloring. when i added red over olive green or lavendar over lime i was thinking, yuck, this is going to be awful. but i was really suprised and delighted with some of the colors i came up with. i intended to cut this up for use in journals, but now i don't want to because it is a great color study on mixing colors.

oh, and i also made a narrow coloumn along one of the vertical and horizontal edges with just the original color of that stipe. i can tell what colors were used to gain each square. thanks for the work sheet. i probably would never have done this and now i know just how many colors i can get out of the original 30.

05.3.2011 | Unregistered Commentermaryk

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