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Scrape Painting Techniques

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8 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Color Schemes

    • 4. Paint Application

    • 5. How To Spread The Paint

    • 6. Painting Direction

    • 7. Bonus

    • 8. Glaze and cut

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About This Class

This class covers simple scrape painting techniques for smearing acrylic paint with materials like palette knives and plastic scrapers. This class allows you to learn how to make interesting textured and colorful papers for collage and painting. It covers the categories including Materials, Color Schemes, Paint Application, How to Spread The Paint, Scrape Direction, A Bonus Technique, and how to Glaze and Cut out the final material you've created.

This painting class is a perfect introduction for anyone new to this panting technique and is for all levels of experience including beginners. The technique is so easy you can even teach it to your children as a fun activity. 

Be sure to share some of the material you create. You can share here on Skill Share or on my Instagram @sharecestudios using the #skillzwithsharece 






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1. Intro : Hi everyone, welcome to my sculpture class. For this class, I'm going to be going over different scrape pending techniques. So scrape painting is a method where you use objects like a pallet knife or a piece of glass instead of a paintbrush to spread your paint across your surface. For this class, I'm going to be talking about different methods, discussing materials that you're going to want to use. This includes things like paints in papers, that type of thing. I'm going to go over picking your color schemes along with paint application, including how to apply your paint onto your paper and how to spread it across the page. I'll talk about different directions that you can use. And finally, I'll discuss glazing methods in cutting up your material if you wish to use it for collage. So if you're interested in learning about this technique, go ahead and hop on over to the fresh video. 2. Materials: So to start off this class, I thought I would talk about materials, including things like papers, paints, and what you're going to use to move your paint across your surface. First off, let's talk about your surface that you're going to use. So you can use canvas or paper, although I find that paper works best for this class, I'm just gonna talk about different papers because that's normally what I use for the methods that I spoke with. Here I'm showing the pinion gear sketch book and this is the one that I use when I want to just make a whole bunch of tiny scrapes. First studies, I find that the paper works really nicely. It's a very smooth paper and it's about the consistency of a piece of card stock or printer paper that's a little bit thicker than printer paper. Then also you can use printer paper if you want. And you can use card stock, cornstalks thicker so it's going to hold the paint better. While printer papers, great. If you're doing a really thin applications of paint and you're planning on cutting it out and using it for something like collage. Here I'm just showing a painting that I got from using the card stock paper. I did this nice little circle and it works really nicely. But this one I didn't a mix of smooth application and a mix of thicker applications of paint on my surface. Next step I have sticker paper, am packaging paper. So I use these when I want to make something that I'm going to be cutting up and sticking onto something else. When I'm doing my sketchbook studies and little tiny collage studies, I find that this paper is very nice because I can just cut out a shape and then peel it off and stick it onto another surface. So I think that's one of the best papers that you can use. I find that the paint smears on it differently than it does on regular paper because your surface is a little bit glossier when you're working on sticker paper. But that's another type of material that you can use to paint on. Next up, we have watercolor paper and acrylic paper. So both of these work nicely. Acrylic paper has a rougher texture and it gives a slightly different design when the paint is pushed across it compared to watercolour paper. But both of these papers have their own unique texture. And it just differs from using something like watercolor paper. Not wanna plug her from using something like printer paper or card stock Beth's smoother. So these are some scripts that I got on a piece of watercolor paper. While this one is a piece of the acrylic paper, and it just has a different texture compared the watercolor. Now that we've discussed papers and surfaces that you're going to paint on. I wanna talk about your material, your scraper, that you're going to use to move the pain across your page. So one of the main things that I like to use are pieces of plastic. And these plastics very, I have a piece of a photo frame, a plastic one that I got at dollar tree that I cut down and it works really nicely. I also have this little thin piece of plexiglass that I got from Hobby Lobby. It came in a really long rectangle and I just cut down a tiny piece for scraping. Another thing that you can use as a piece of glass that works really nicely. You just want to be careful not to push too hard or the glass might snap. So here I'm showing the pieces of watercolor paper. So I have these strips that I get when I cut down my paper to a different size. And instead of throwing them away, I, I like to save them and use them for paint scraping. So the thing that's nice about these is you can do any size that you want. You can cut it and then scrape really quick and throw the little piece of paper away. It's a very nice, easy cleanup compared to using the plastics, palette knives and using these little cards that I'm showing right here. So these are gift cards that I use. I find that they worked really nice. It's a way to recycle. Instead of throwing them away, I can save them and do little scrapes and my sketchbook. And they're really nice when you're doing tiny circles, that type of thing. And it's just a really nice little scraper. Last but not least, one thing that I normally use when I'm scraping is my palette knife. So the palette knife is more for when you're doing a very tiny scrape. And it's not really made for a large surface. But if you're doing like a tiny little line or something like that in a palette knife really works well. Last but not least, I just wanna talk about paints real quick. So there are different paints that you can use in different paints out there. There's watercolour paint, acrylic wash oil. I believe that Guassian oil and acrylic will work nicely. As far as watercolor, I don't think that one would work for this, but I'm going to be using acrylic today for this videos. And I'll just be showing how I scraped paint with acrylic paints. There are different brands and different prices and thicknesses of paints that you can use. I like to use a medley of them all together. It gives an interesting design and interesting shapes when you do that. So that's really mostly all the materials that you need. I'll talk about glaze farther on in the video if you're using inexpensive paints. But that concludes the materials list. Now, go ahead and hop on over to the next video where I'll be talking about color schemes. 3. Color Schemes: Hi guys, for this part of the sculpture class, I want to talk about color schemes. So when you're doing these grapes, you can do whatever color you want, but you don't want to be mindful of not mixing too many colors together. And this example here, I makes a lot of blues and greens and browns, and one with yellow. And that colour scheme is going to get muddy as you mix these colors together. So you want to think about how your colors are gonna blend and what is going to be the outcome of your color scheme choice that you use? For example, if I did a whole bunch of blues and reds beside each other, I would have some purple areas in my scrape painting. Normally I tend to stick with just blues, different shades of blue. I found that adds very easy to do. Different shades of one color works nicely. And occasionally I like to do yellows mixed with T-Bills and maybe a pop of pink or red. Sometimes. But I tend to stick with three colors at the most and sometimes add in an extra color. So when you're using colors, you can just work with different shades of one color to do your scrape paintings. You, I'd be careful not to apply too much paint and not to have too many different colors onto your paper, or you'll get this muddy mess that I kind of have on this piece right here. Doing these really just going to be a trial and error though. You'll figure out what colors mix nicely together and what colors don't look so great. And you just kinda get in the swing of things as you do these in practice. But now that you have your color schemes in mind or you're thinking about what going to want to use together, you are ready to go to the next video where I talk about paint application and how you're gonna put your paint onto your paper. 4. Paint Application: Okay guys, welcome to the next video for scrape painting techniques. Then this one I'm talking about paint application and how you're gonna put your paint onto your paper. Here, I'm just using some paints from a Walmart that I got there $0.50 a bottle there, a very thin type of paint. But they worked very nicely. And we're gonna be using a yellow, a teal, and a blue. And I'm just gonna put my paint out on the page as tiny dots, just squirting it out as little dots on the paper. And you want to go in one straight Rowe. And I'm not putting a whole bunch of paint together. I'm just putting a tiny portion of each color and making somewhat of a pattern there. Next, I'm gonna take my scraper and scraped down. With this technique, you just get one line of colors. There's not much blending or a kind of marbling effect, but you can get some times, it's really just a nice, easy way to do a straight row of colors that kind of resembles to me like the stripes on a sweater or a shirt. For the second side of my sticker paper that I'm using, I'm going to still be doing my paint in a row. But along with that, I am adding a few extra dots of paint down beneath my first row. And further these extra dots, you don't have to do them in a row as well. You can just put them anywhere. I'm just kinda sticky. Mind wherever I feel like it. By doing this, I am able to have extra colors pop up underneath my first row of colors when you scraped down. So the pigment from those dots tends to stick to the paper. And when you smooth pain across, the pigment stays and you have these little dots of yellows and blues where I had extra paint underneath my first row. So these are the two main techniques that you can use for applying your paint. And you just kinda can decide which one you're interested in when doing this. I like to do the overlapping of paint because it's just really interesting getting these different colors that pop up underneath. And it's very unpredictable when you're doing the first technique that I showed where you're just putting all your paint in one row. You know how it's going to turn out the paint is definitely just going to smear across very easily. While with these dots, it's, you don't know exactly what's going to happen. You don't know if some of the colors underneath are gonna mix together and give you a more marble effect, which is something that I really enjoy getting. It's just a very fun process, but that is the different ways that you can apply your paint onto your paper. Now, but I've showed you how to do that. You can go on over to the next video where I will talk about how to spread your paint. 5. How To Spread The Paint: For this part of the class, I'm just gonna talk real quick about how you can spread your pain across your paper. So I've already discussed how to put the paint onto the page doing the dots and with the overlapping method, I just wanted to show two different effects that you're gonna get depending on how hard you press into your paper and paint. So for this page on the right, for the dots on the right, I'm gonna take my scraper and I'm going to press down really hard when I move the paint down the page. By doing this, it allows the teal light-blue color underneath to pop out over the yellow because it is the paint part of the paint That's onto the page. What this method on the right? The paint dries really fast because it's not a lot of paint on your paper. You've scraped most of it off. And the part of the paints that seeped into the paper or What's left and what you see with this one on the left, I'm not going to press down hard. I'm just going to lightly smear the pain across and it allows for a thicker application of paint in the color that's on top, which would be the yellow, kind of overpowers in, goes over the teal that I have underneath. So these are the two different techniques that you can do. And you just wanna remember that if you press down hard, it's going to dry faster and you're gonna have less paint on your page. While if you press down lightly, it's gonna take longer to dry and be thicker. Application of paint. 6. Painting Direction: Now that I've talked with you guys about how to spread your paint and the difference from scraping down really hard versus moving the paint across very lightly. I want to show you different directions that you can do when you're spreading your paint. First off, I have two lines of color. With one, i'm just going to go straight down, which is what we've been doing so far. We've just been going down in a straight line with the paint. For this one on the left. I'm going to mix it up a little bit. So instead of just going straight down and just gonna sway from side to side from right to left. It's kind of a zigzag wiggly kinda reminds me of hair type of method. And also at the bottom, I just kinda got a wider with my movements. And it just causes the paint to blend differently depending on how you do it. For this last one, I'm going to be doing a circle, which is my favorite of all of them. You can also do like a half circle, which is kind of just like a little sweep promotion. Before the circle I put my paint on my paper. You don't wanna get too big because it is going to spread out. And you're going to want to use a plastic scraper or a piece of glass and think really hard. I'm just going to lay my scraper onto the page and I'm going to be twirling it with my other hand, my left hand. So just stick your scraper where it's going to hit all of the paint. You wanna press it down. And then with your other hand, you're going to hold the paper and spin it, keeping the scraper in one place the whole time so that you have a nice symmetrical circle to move the painter cross. And this is how that one works. These are in the different directions that you can do. There are different ways that you can move it. But these are the main three that I wanted to share today. 7. Bonus: Now that I've gone over all of the main things that you need to know for scrape painting, I thought I'd share a quick bonus application that you can do, which is taking your leftover paint that's on your card or whatever you're using to smear paint, you can take that extra bit of paint and smeared onto another piece of paper. Instead of scraping off onto a paper talent throwing it away. It allows you to save the paint that you have leftover. And you also get another piece of paper with different designs on it. Sometimes you get a copy of the original that you did and other times you get a more marbled worked version of the first scrape that you made. And the process is just very unpredictable and fun. And just a great way to make more material for whatever we're going to be using your paint for. Here on this one I did a rainbow, which is something you can do. You can do a long row of colors as long as they're not over mixing and blending into each other too much. And you can then save the extra scraps and do a second scraped from the paint that you have left over. 8. Glaze and cut: Now that you've made some scrape painted papers, and they're all done. You're gonna want to cut them out if you're doing collage and if you use the expensive paint, which is what I did on this one in the middle of the circle, I used a cheap warmer paint in with that paint, it doesn't dry glossy, drives more mat, and it also fades over time. So I'd like to add a little bit of mod podge on top, something that can glaze it and help it lasts longer. For this one, I'm just going to be putting a little bit of the mod podge on the paper. And then I'm going to use another piece of watercolor paper to just scrape that mod podge around and coat all the areas of the paint that I need to get. Doing this allows the paint to film more smooth and it gives it a nice little glossy coding. And it just last a lot longer in doesn't fade as easily. It also makes the colors a little bit richer and it makes them pop out a tiny bit more sometimes. So it's just really a fun extra stuff that you can do, especially if you're using a cheaper paint. And finally, you just want to cut out your pieces of paper and then you can use them for chloride. You could also just do enlarge painting one piece of paper and make that the actual painting itself, instead of cutting things out, I tend to rotate between doing both of those things. I just kind of paint on different papers and if it's something that I want to use, something else, then I'll cut it up. But if I like it by itself on the piece of paper, I'll use it as is. These are a few of the papers and artworks than I've been able to make. Just a few of the experiments that I've done with my painted pieces of papers doing this scrape method technique. There's just a lot of variety and a lot of different outcomes that you can get. And it's a really fun and simple way to paint. If you're kind of feeling bored with using a paintbrush, it's really nice to just sit back and use something different to work with. Just pull out your old gift cards that you have or pull out a piece of plastic and work with that instead. So that concludes my sculptural class on scrape painting. I hope what was very helpful and beneficial and that you try out these techniques and just put down your paint brush for a little bit and work with a piece of plastic or a piece of paper to smear your paint. It just really helps you think outside the box and you get these interesting materials and pieces of paper that you can work with. But I hope you guys enjoyed this. You can find me on other social medias, YouTube at SRI studios and Instagram, Sheree studios as well. I have this written down in the description or notes for this sculpture class, but I would love to see what you guys create. Be sure to tag me at SRI studios on Instagram so I can see some of your work if you want to share with me and be sure to upload here on skill share. I hope this video was very helpful for you guys and be sure to give it a try. I'll see you in my next sculpture class. Goodbye.