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No Brush No Problem : Painting With Pasta

teacher avatar Amber Wade

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Paint Application

    • 4. Grid Pattern

    • 5. Stamping Method

    • 6. Stripe Pattern

    • 7. Plan A Painting

    • 8. Make A Painting

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Hi everyone, this class is all about experimentation in and out of you sketchbook. For this class I will be showing ways to create interesting marks on your canvas or paper with a lasagna pasta noodle instead of a brush or other traditional utensil. The focus of this class is experimenting, it is not necessary that you create a final painting from you experimentations but that you work your creative muscles and create something that is out of your comfort zone, maybe even make a few bad paintings to allow yourself to let loose. 

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Please note that I do not own the rights to any music in this class. Credit and links to find each song are listed down below. 

  • Lemonade by EK¬†
  • Coffee break by Pyrosion¬†
  • The greater times¬† by Chalkboards
  • A flash of memory by Chalkboards¬†¬†

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1. Introduction : Hi everyone and welcome to my Skillshare class called note brush. No problem. For this class, we're going to be investigating different forms of art-making using a piece of lasagna or a pasta noodle as our utensil. I'll be showing you different ideas that I came up with and encouraging you all to try out your own techniques and figure out what kind of marks you can make on your canvas with your noodles and pasta as well. Overall goal of this class is to just let loose and experiment. It's not necessarily about making a specific painting or anything like that. I just want to encourage you guys to try other utensils in different things and look at your objects around you differently when it comes to using them to create art. If this class sounds like something you're interested in, then go ahead and hop over to the next video where I'll be showing elastic materials that you're going to need. 2. Materials : So start off, I just want to talk about materials with you guys real quick. For this class, you're going to need some type of surface to paint on. I'm going to be using watercolor paper, and this is just really inexpensive watercolor paper. I think I got like 50 sheets for $5, something like that. It's not that thick but it works good with a pan top of it. You could use anything that you want to sketch book, which is also what I'll be painting in as well. Or you could just work on Canvas. Whatever you feel comfortable with. Another thing that you're going to want are your pasta noodles. I'm going to be working with the lasagna noodles that I had some extra pieces, some scraps that had broken off and I'd accidentally dropped on the floor and instead of throwing them away, I thought why not use it to make something with, so you're going to want some type of pasta noodles. You don't have to use the designer like me, but I will be showing how I make marks using a Lasagna noodle. You're also going to want your paint. I'm going to be working with acrylic paint, and I actually have colors that I mixed up myself. I'm using masters church acrylic paint, but you could work with any type of paint that you want to. I do advise that you work with a sicker patient versus a watered-down paint because it allows you to get a lot more texture with it. Feel free to use whatever color paints that you want for mine, I just use some paints that I had left over from a previous painting that I've been working on. But you can do whatever you like. Just have fun and experiment. Once you have all your materials, you're ready to go ahead and hop on over to the next video and get started painting. 3. Paint Application : For technique one, I'm starting with some pieces of pasta. I have a piece that was broken already, fallen on the floor in Bergen half and I make this very nice smooth edge. So I was interested in making another piece that I also had a smooth edge. And to do this, I took a long piece of pasta, I broke it in half. It wasn't a clean snap. And at first I was going to snap and a 2.5th time to get that nice edge. But then I said, why not take some scissors and cut it across? So this is something that you can do. You can cut it over and it doesn't necessarily give you a super smooth edge. I think it's still interesting in later on in this video you'll see me one of the techniques using the more rougher edge, but what you can do is take your piece of pasta that you've snapped or cut with your scissors and sand it down to get a smoother edge. And we're just kind of creating this type of squeegee or palette knife type of tool with a piece of pasta. Here I'm just taking my paint and I'm also taking my pasta noodles and dipping it into the paint and then rubbing it across the paper. So it kinda felt like I was doing a potato chip into guacamole or some type of sauce on like weird green nachos or something. But you're just going to pick up some paint and rub it across your paper. And this is just so, I mean, it's little weird. You're painting with cost. I know using a paintbrush, you're not using traditional painting tools area. You could do the same type of techniques that you would if you had actual painting tool that you would work with. Sometimes you can just experiment and scrape the pain across. In some areas, I scratched into the paint a little bit and it gave me a more thinned out area application of paint. I also found that you could squish the paint on the noodle into the paper. And it kinda gave you a stamped effect, which I thought was interesting. And it wasn't even something that I was trying to do. For this right side. I'm doing the same technique again. I'm starting off us could be up some paint and smearing it across my paper. But then all she can do is take one of your rougher edge utensils that you've created and scratch into it. And if it kind of has a rough edge, it creates these little grooves and these lines when you use smooth the paint across your canvas or surface with it. So this is technique number one for using pasta to paint, like I said, and I probably will keep reiterating throughout this video, is just about experimentation. Also, you're going to want to label your paper and each technique that you're using just for reference so you know which one's which. But if you're ready, go ahead and hop on over to the next video where I'll talk about tyranny in R2. 4. Grid Pattern : Welcome to technique number 2. So for this technique, we're going to start off by snapping off some pieces of pasta. And then you're going to want to take your pasta piece that you made from technique number one, which is the previous video. And that's our smooth edge piece of pasta that we're using like a pallet knife or a squeegee utensil. And we're gonna do the same thing from earlier. You're going to dip into your paint. This time I'm using a blue colored paint. And I'm going to paint a nice little background of that blue paint color. Here. I'm making sure that I have a kind of thick application of paint. And then you're just going to want to take your piece of pasta. And we're going to be using the rippled edge to drag into the paint and create this really kind of bumpy texture. It's very similar to the technique from the previous video where we took our more jagged edges piece of pasta and scratched into the paint. But we're specifically using the rippled side of our pasta this time to create this texture. As I want you to repeat this step again. And you can start off by doing your first line down. But I also want you to go a little farther and do a, another line across in the opposite direction to create this kind of grid crisscross design with your paint and pasta. And so here I'm just showing you a little bit of close up. You have your lines going straight down across and then you also have your crisscross lines. And you can see that I've drawn it out below with my marker just so you get a better idea because I know that looking at the paint on film or video is a little bit harder to see sometimes with the white. But if you're using a really thick paint, this technique really makes a nice rich texture into the paint when you're scratching into it. And that kind of concludes technique number 2. You can go ahead and click on over to the next video where I will show you a technique number three for using pasta to create texture and marks on your paper. 5. Stamping Method: Hey guys, welcome to technique and number 3 of painting with pasta noodles. For this one, we're going to be using that same colored paint from the previous technique number 2. And I'm also going to be using the exact same piece of pasta. And so instead of scraping into paint or scratching the paint across the canvas, we're going to be using the pasta to kind of stamp on dots to start off with. So here I'm using the side of the piece of pasta and just dotting the pain. Doing this allows me to get this really precise row of little dots. And he could also kind of create this grid type of design with these little dots as well. And so I just wanted to draw it real quick so you can kind of see what the idea is for the pattern here. It's just these frozen diet so that you can make very easily just using a piece of pasta, which is something I don't think it early we think about really. Also, you can use the end of the pasta, which is I'm doing next. And I'm actually stamping it on that way in creating this little squiggles using the paint and the last paper there is on the piece of pasta. The more defined I feel like the lines are. When you first dive into the paint, it really creates these kind of chunky squiggles. And then as the paint thins down, you get a little bit of a thinner squiggle kind of shape. And so that's just another pattern that you can make using your piece of pasta. So that kinda concludes technique number 3. Go ahead and hop on over to the next video for our next technique. 6. Stripe Pattern : Welcome to technique number four, which is our final technique for using these pastas and painting that I'll be showing you for this one, I snapped another piece of Boston half. You don't really have to snap it in half. But I just did sort of fit into my container paint a little bit easier. Next, I'm taking my pasta and I'm dipping it into the paint. You're gonna get a generous amount of paint on there. And you're just going to scrape it off onto your piece of paper using the very rippled the end of your pasta. I'm just dragging it back and forth, dragging it down to the bottom and then going back up to the top and dragging me again. And it creates this weird kind of smeared pattern. You have the lines, but you also have these areas where the paint doesn't necessarily go through and just think it's an interesting little pattern that you can create using your pasta. It'd be really fun if you do a background color on your paper first, and then you apply some paint on top of your color that you paint it. During this technique really allows you to kind of create layers. I believe you can have this underlayer and then this layer on top, which is through the scratching of the paint. And so that kind of concludes all the techniques I'm showing you for using this utensil pasta to paint. If you click on over to the next video, I'll show you ways that you can plan out your painting using these techniques that I've taught you. 7. Plan A Painting : Now that I've gone over the techniques that you can use to make marks using pasta. I just wanna go over ways to play an hour making a painting utilizing these techniques that we've just experimented with. So here I'm just showing some sketches that I did. And the way that I plan this out was I did a one sheet of paper and draw out all the different techniques that you can do with the posture on to that sheet of paper. Then I labeled them all for myself so I knew what was what technique. Next, I took a sheet of paper. I just sketched out some different design where I am implementing these different patterns and mark marks onto each other and kind of combining them in overlapping them together to help myself understand what technique was being represented in the drawing. I just labeled them with the numbers that I drew on the reference image. And so here I'm just imagining how all the different techniques together with look and also how combining two techniques might look on a canvas or a sketchbook piece of paper. And so this is why I want to encourage you to do is just kind of imagine how overlapping two different techniques said she'd been using might look together for a sketch or a painting. 8. Make A Painting : Now that I've showed you the techniques for using pasta, and I've also showed you ways to kind of plan out how you want to implement these techniques to make some type of painting or painting study. I'm just showing how I dove in and just created a little tiny painting in my sketchbook that's very abstract and techniques playing with all these different materials using the pasta. It was just very different for me. And I think for anyone doing something that you don't only do, that can be exciting and it may inspire something like another painting or another creative idea. Or it may just be something where you're just experimenting and getting out of your comfort zone. For me, this was very much out of my comfort zone because this isn't something that I normally do. I like using utensils, but I know I mean, I've never worked with Poston until recently when I decided to experiment. And so with this, I ended up strain far away from the original blueprint, but I feel like that's okay. And I encourage you to steer away from what you originally planned and just to have fun and try something different. Overall, this is how the piece turned out. I really enjoyed the ripples and there was so much texture and this using the pasta, especially the rippled side of the positive to scratch into the paint. But I just wanted to play around with how using all of these different techniques in one painting or image would look like. And so that's how this turned out in the next video. It just be wrapping up everything that we've done so far. And I'll also show you one more little paint study that I did where I just kinda combine two different techniques together. 9. Final Thoughts : Hey guys. So for this final video, I thought I'd just show one more little paint study that I did inside of my sketch book. For this one, I decided to take out the colors and just work with gray, black and white are and be very minimal. And just have a nice neutral color palette. To start off, I'm just scraping the paint with my little paint scraper that I've made from the pasta. And I'm doing a very light gray background. Next I'm taking a darker gray and I'm going to be using the ripple the end of our pasta to scratch into the paint and kind of blend or dark gray in our light gray paint together. Finally, I'm taking the rippled in once again and we're going to use that stamping method that I showed you earlier. And we're just going to be stamping the black paint into the gray areas on the right side of our paper or sketchbook or canvas. And I'm just stamping it in to get these little waves on the side of the painting. I decided that I didn't like the black just by itself. So I went in with some white as well. And this was just a little experiment that I did using the grays and the whites with all of these little paintings that I did using these techniques. It wasn't necessarily something for my art practice specifically. It was just a way for me to step out of my comfort zone and do something a little bit out of the box compared to what I normally do when it comes to my abstract painting and illustrations that I make. And so that's what this class is all about. It's just about experimentation and you guys experimenting with me and trying something a little bit weird, a little bit different. So overall, I hope you guys enjoyed this class and that you made some type of page in your sketchbook. You do something a little bit out of what you normally do. And I just hope that this class inspires you all to think about other tools that you can use to create art. So I'll see you guys in another video if you want, you can check me out on some of my social medias and see some of the artwork that I create. And thank you guys for watching.