I totally got a kick out of this project. These kids of mine (yes, I claim them ALL) are so dang funny!
I thinned out some black acryllic paint with water. Then, the students each had a straw and made a couple of drops of the paint on a piece of paper. They took said straw and blew into it, moving the paint until they were happy with the form. (Note: Blow VERY close and forcefully, if you want a nice feathering effect.) Can you say dizzy?
Once that was done, at least 3 times in different spots on the paper, they dripped a few small droplets of paint on there as well, and left them that way to dry. After all the paint dried, they got out their Sharpies (I love me some Sharpies, by the way) and kept turning their paper until they saw a “monster.” Really, the only rule I had was that the monster had to have a definitive mouth and at least one eye. All the rest, they could play with.
After the doodling, they used a light wash of watercolors to give it more personality. I’m secretly hoping they accidentally leave them here at the end of the year. They’re all so different!