Warm and Cool Watercolor Weaving

warm+cool+weave+framed Nothing makes warm colors look brighter than when they are sitting next to cool colors, and vice versa. This is a colorful way to practice painting and then weaving the two palettes back together.
1. Students started with two rectangles of watercolor paper measuring 8.5″ x 11″. They were to paint overlapping blotches of warm colors on one (red, yellow, orange) and cool on the other (blue, green, purple). The papers were left to dry.
2. Next class, students were given strips of chipboard that measured 1.375″ x 11″ to use as a ruler. The cool paper was traced to make at least six 1.375″ x 11″ strips, and cut completely apart. The warm paper was traced to make at least five stripes measuring 1.375″ x 11″, and cut leaving just 1/2″ intact on one end.
3. The cool strips were woven into the warm paper and pushed closely together. When complete, a black mat with a 7.5″ square opening was used to frame the art.

6 Responses

  1. Kathy Barbro

    Hi Nicki,
    I cut my own from some good black art paper using an xacto. Takes time but it’s the cheapest way to go and you can get exactly what you want.

  2. Nicki

    Where do you find mats that are irregular sizes like the 7.5 sq. in.?

  3. Annette

    This is so cute! I included it in my weekend roundup post here:

  4. Sharon B.

    Just did this with my son and was so pleased with the results. You can see it here:

    Thanks for sharing the awesome ideas and CONGRATS on your being chosen as one of the Top 50 blogs.

  5. p.s. i’m going to share with my mom and of course my daughter! thank you again! i will come back and explore your website when i have a bit more time…

    pray for Japan…

  6. absolutely gorgeously fantabulous!!! can’t wait to try this!! may have to stay up late tonight and play with my watercolors!! thank you for sharing this beautiful technique! hugs….

    pray for Japan

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