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In Draw, Paint, Sparkle, elementary art teacher Patty Palmer shares each creative explorations and projects, offers tips on using the best art materials (that won’t break the bank), shares art-making techniques that add variety and ease to the projects, and provides insights on engaging kids in the process. Here are instructions and materials needed to a fun project creating "Expressive black-and-white fish."
I often encouraged my students to outline their artwork with black lines. Most often, the black lines are from an oil pastel, but it can also be black tempera paint and a small brush. One time, a fellow art teacher recommended I try a sumi-e brush and ink. I was intrigued but never placed these two items on my art supply list until now. Oh, what fun I missed.
Painting with black ink is an experience in itself, but painting with a sumi-e brush amps up the expressive quality of this art medium. There are very specific ways in which to paint with a sumi-e brush, but instead of focusing on the proper use, I decided to approach the medium with a sense of curiosity.