Saturday, September 19, 2009

Greek Vases

Scratch projects really have limitless possibilities. Vases are a huge part of the ancient history of Greece. They served not only an aesthetic purpose, but a functional one as well.
Different shapes had different names and
were used for different purposes.

You can learn more about those different names and purposes at this link. It also explores the different periods of Greek Pottery and how it changed from age to age.
Greek Vases Part I- Through the Ages
Greek Vases II-Shape Names and Purposes

Here is another project that is perfect for this technique. You can also play around a bit with the mediums. Oil pastel and crayon are generally what you use for these, but you can color with marker or watercolor then "seal" the color with a heavy coat of white crayon or oil pastel. Just be careful to avoid using dark colors like brown or gray as they don't show through the black very well.

1. In order to achieve a vase with symmetrical sides, start by folding a piece of cardstock down the middle vertically. Draw only half of the vase on one side. I did it in pencil first and then retraced in a heavy layer of black oil pastel.

2. Fold the paper over with the black lines on top of the blank side and then use a lidded marker to rub over the lines you just traced.

3. When you open the paper back up the vase half should
transfer to the other side in a perfect mirror image
creating a perfectly symmetrical vase.
You can then color with crayon, oil pastel, marker, or other paint. If you use paint, make sure you wait for it to completely dry before adding the layer of white to seal the color.
Once the color is done and sealed add a layer of black crayon or oil pastel.
If you use crayon you will need to use heavier pressure
than with oil pastel.
Once the black is on in an even layer, use a wooden skewer or unbent paper clip to "scratch" off the black in different line patterns to reveal the colors underneath.


Jessica said...

These are great. They came out so well. I especially like the dancing people around the last vase.

Mr. Ted Edinger said...

a layer of white what???

Ms. Julie's Place said...

Sorry about that. I mentioned it earlier in the post but should have said it again. Use white crayon or oil pastel to seal the color of marker or watercolor.

Mr. Ted Edinger said...

That is interesting. I would not have thought to do that!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You seal it with a layer of white oil pastel or crayon and then with another layer of black oil pastel or crayon?


Ms. Julie's Place said...

Yes, first a layer of white, then a layer of black. Be careful with the oil based material though as it will tend to want to blend. So using crayon then oil or vice versa may be preferable. Experiment and find out what works best. ")

Anonymous said...

What would you suggest for the under layer of colors? Would paint be more effective and more vibrant? Or oil pastel underneath?

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