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!}