Painting Lesson - Experimental Painting Of Paper

In this lesson you will paint from direct observation of a large piece of white crumpled paper or white wrinkled sheet. Try to work with paper or sheet that don't have a pattern. You will observer and paint the subtle tonal transitions creating the folds and wrinkles. Try to paint a true representation of what you are observing with all of the fine transitions of tones and subtle colors.

For this lesson use a small starched canvas 18" x 24" or 16" x 18"". This exercise will require a lot of blending and using a synthetic sable brush for blending will help. Start with you paint diluted thin and build to heaver paint. As always it is important to paint from "lean to fat". You do not have to use a pencil to draw the compositional elements on the canvas; you can use paint and use a rag to correct by wiping off sections and redrawing with the thinned paint. Once you have the drawing correctly composed start blocking in the large forms paying attention to the forms, and the dark and light values of the subject. As you add somewhat thicker paint try to work on the transitions from dark to light and for one color white to the other.

Below are examples of student's studies from this experimental exercise

Experimental Painting of Paper in art class

Art class, experimental crumpled paper assignment.

Crumpled Paper Study by Peg Taylor

Study of crumpled paper by Peg Taylor

Study of crumpled paper by Lynn Gor

Study of crumpled paper by Lynn Gorman

Master Painters interpretation of paper and clothe.

Gray Sheet, White Sheet, by Edward A. Butler

Gray Sheet, White Sheet, by Edward A. Butler

Crumpled paper, by Michael Ward

Crumpled paper, by Michael Ward