How to Use Crumpled Up Newspaper to Paint With

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You can use almost anything as a way to express yourself through artwork - even crumpled up newspaper. Use a crumpled up newspaper to paint with with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi, everyone. My name is Gene Shaw. I've been an Illustrator and a Graphic Designer. I've been working in the industry for a little over 15 years now. And today, we're going to show you something awesome, I'm going to get into techniques on how to use crumpled up newspaper to paint with. There's some very specific things that you can do with crumpled up newspaper, but as far as I'm concern, go nuts because it's not like a paintbrush or something that costs like five bucks at the store, you can always find crumpled up newspaper. So, let's experiment a little bit. Alright, so, I'm just going to take and rip off some paper here and start by crumpling it up, I mean it's pretty basic. Now, the reason that you would use crumpled up paper to paint with is because you're looking for another interesting texture. And before we get started, one of the interesting things about newspaper is when you crumple it up overtime, if you let it go, it sort of uncrumples. But, you can see all the different like little bumps and ridges in here. I'm just going to take, I'm using a watercolor and I'm just going to take and, and lightly dab in the water, just very lightly. This newspaper is very absorbent, so you're going to get it real easily. And I'm going to go into green for example. So, let's jump into the green here; get a little bit more, here we go. Jump into green and you can see that not every, it wasn't picked up everywhere; only on the, the parts that are standing out the most. So, now, we're just going to go in here and kind of form a little shape of that eventually will be like a little bush. So, at first, we're going to have more water so it'll come out lighter. And I'm going to dip it into the paint again and just press against there 'cause you want all those little ridges and all those interesting shapes. And remember, the, the, the smaller amount of water you use and the more color, the darker it's going to come out. So, you can see we have like a little bush forming and I need a little bit more water here. You can see we've got a little bush forming which is kind of interesting and so that's one of the ways that you can use crumpled up newspaper to paint. Another way, another quick technique, I'm just going to use a different area of the newspaper that you can see is to drag it; drag the newspaper along the paper. So, now, I'm going to, I'm going to into brown. Let's say, you want to do, I don't know, maybe a tree trunk or something. Just grab a little bit of paint just like we did earlier and just pull it along and you can see, because of the texture of the watercolor paper, you've got a bunch of different ridges in there and it, it's starting to simulate paint bark a little bit. So, we're going to get a little bit more on there and what you want to do now is, you know, just may, maybe, you don't want to have one long quick stroke. Every now and again, you want to pick up the newspaper 'cause it's going to give you all these interesting little darker textures in here. And that's going to give your tree a little bit of character. So, these are two just quick easy techniques that you can use in your painting and, you know, believe it or not, it's, it's a crumpled up newspaper. And that's all we've done there. Good luck getting the same texture with a, with the paintbrush. Alright, so there you have it, that's a very inexpensive way to achieve some, you know, some interesting effects. Keep in mind just experiment with things and whatever you do have fun. You never know where you're going to get a certain texture that you really going to like. It could be a crumpled up newspaper, it could be a plastic bag, it could be a paintbrush that's broken, it could be anything. So, keep your mind open and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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