Matisse Prints du Soleil - Lesson Plan

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  • Published on Sep 5, 2014
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    Henri Matisse survived cancer to find a renewed energy and expressionism in artworks he called “scissor paintings.” Inspired by his cut-paper shapes, students can use sunlight or an artificial source to create color-saturated prints on fabric or paper. www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/matisse-prints-du-soleil/
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Comments • 34

  • Bubbe Artist
    Bubbe Artist 2 years ago

    Wonderful and Thank You!

  • naly202
    naly202 2 years ago

    what a great idea!! thanks!

  • Debs McLaughlin
    Debs McLaughlin 2 years ago +1

    Love this and want to try it! I don't have liquid watercolours but have watercolours in tubes...could I water them down and use them in a similar way? Thanks. 😊

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  2 years ago

      +Debs McLaughlin Unfortunately you won’t get the same effect with traditional tube watercolors. It really needs to be a dye based paint - which is why the Liquid Watercolor works so well. Fabric dye, food coloring, and some fabric paints could be used instead of the Liquid Watercolor. For any additional questions, you can reach Blick Product Information at 1-800-933-2542 or info@dickblick.com. Thanks!

  • Margie Huckabay
    Margie Huckabay 2 years ago

    love this lesson

  • Patricia Mackenziie
    Patricia Mackenziie 2 years ago +1

    Thank you for sharing. I do silk painting. could I use silk paints for this procedure?

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  2 years ago

      +Patricia Mackenziie The sun printing technique will generally work with any very fluid paint. We have heard customers havesuccess using the Pebeo Seta Color with this technique. While we haven’t tried it with silk dyes, it is very possible that it will work.

  • Pat Schwab
    Pat Schwab 2 years ago

    Are the shapes cut from black construction paper? Do these have to dry in sunlight? Thanks

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  2 years ago

      +Patricia Schwab Black paper works best as it slows the absorbs the light and keeps the paint below wet longer - allowing itto lighten. If you can’t find black paper, darker paper (blue, brown, etc) will also work and if necessary a thicker white paper will work too. If you have additional questions, you can reach Blick Product Information at 1-800-933-2542 or info@dickblick.com. Thanks!

  • Christine Kelly
    Christine Kelly 2 years ago

    Are you using watercolor paper as your base?

    • HAJAR CHAIBI
      HAJAR CHAIBI 5 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this technique, i have a question.please can i use same technique for scarfs?

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  2 years ago

      +Christine Kelly- Yes, that is watercolor paper!

  • Elaine Bingham
    Elaine Bingham 2 years ago

    Great tutorial 😊

  • kathberry8
    kathberry8 3 years ago +1

    ...like this lady very much..

  • Elizabeth Capetillo
    Elizabeth Capetillo 3 years ago

    Lovely

  • feeling close with DIY

    great !

  • B. Bailey
    B. Bailey 3 years ago +1

    This is such a cool tutorial

  • Shina Sureki
    Shina Sureki 3 years ago +2

    This is really cool! I was wondering if it's possible to do on a canvas bag and use it. If they get wet, would the print be ruined?

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  3 years ago +2

      +Shina Sureki Unfortunately, the Blick Watercolors will run if they get wet or wash out if you needed to launder the bag. The same process can be done with the Pebeo Setacolor Paints. Once it has dried completely, heat set the painting with your home iron. If you have additional questions, you can reach Blick Product Information at 1-800-933-2542 or info@dickblick.com. Thanks!

  • Mickey K
    Mickey K 3 years ago

    Can you do this same process with watered down acrylics or is it necessary to use watercolor?

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  3 years ago

      +Mickey K Acrylics are too thick, even in their watered down version, to flow and move like the watercolor does. We have found that these prints work best with dye based watercolors or inks. For any additional questions, you can reach Blick Product Information at 1-800-933-2542 or info@dickblick.com. Thanks!

  • Jeanne Levy
    Jeanne Levy 4 years ago

    I tried this ahead of time - ordered the supplies, but couldn't wait to try it so I used what I had - and in the sunlight the black construction paper dried first even though I sprayed the cutouts with water and made sure they were on the damp watercolor fabric. They dried and there was no absorption of the watercolors underneath. (Used Dr. Ph. Martin's concentrated watercolors.) Did I make a mistake moistening the underneath of the construction paper?

    • Jeanne Levy
      Jeanne Levy 3 years ago +1

      @Blick Art Materials thanks. This did end up working. The Blick construction paper might have been better, but I also dipped the pieces in water to make sure they were very wet and touched them all around to be sure they made contact. The kids were pleased with the project.

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  3 years ago

      @Jeanne Levy We are sorry to hear that you had some difficulties with the project. There could have been a number of reasons why you didn’t get the desired results. Make sure that the cutouts get wet, thoroughly wet. It sounds like yours may have dried too quickly. The other thing is that the watercolor must remain wet while placing the paper cutouts down. You might try muslin or watercolor paper with a lesser amount of sizing. While the sizing holds the paper together, it also holds the color in place. Try a student grade watercolor paper or soak the watercolor paper (instead of just brushing water on the surface) prior to applying the paint and cutouts. For any additional questions, you can reach Blick Product Information at 1-800-933-2542 or info@dickblick.com. Thanks!

  • Sarah Bacchus
    Sarah Bacchus 4 years ago

    Great video! I am eager to try. I do have a question, since you are using liquid watercolor the piece afterwards would then be for display purposes only because if you wash the material the paint would wash out correct?

    • Sarah Bacchus
      Sarah Bacchus 4 years ago

      Thanks I already do :)

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  4 years ago

      @Sarah Ba Yes, if you use the Blick Liquid Watercolor, it cannot be washed. However, if you would like to use this method with t-shirts or fabric that you would wash, we recommend the Pebeo Setacolor, available on our website at dickclibk.com. Use the same process with the Setacolor that is shown with the Blick Liquid Watercolors. For any additional questions, you can reach Blick Product Information at 1-800-933-2542 or info@dickblick.com. Thanks!

  • Blanca Dean
    Blanca Dean 4 years ago

    Thank you. Its beautiful. Do you think we can use any waterproof paper if we dont have construction paper. I live in India. Thanks :-)

    • Blick Art Materials
      Blick Art Materials  4 years ago

      @Blanca Dean Waterproof paper will not work properly. You need to use an absorbent, dark colored paper for best results. It has to be absorbent so that those areas remain wet longer than the background or uncovered areas. The dark paper repels light, thus slowing the drying time more. You might be a able to use a thicker, white paper if you cannot find dark colored paper. If you have more questions, feel free to contact our Product Information Department at 800-933-2542 or info@dickblick.com .

  • Jan Marino
    Jan Marino 4 years ago

    Lovely, simply lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  • Barb Kramer
    Barb Kramer 4 years ago

    absolutely fantastic................so simple yet so effective, thanks very much for sharing, appreciated

  • SAM Thompson
    SAM Thompson 4 years ago

    Love this, I can't wait to try it.

  • Jeanie Gregory
    Jeanie Gregory 4 years ago

    I love this technique! I have to do this... Thank you

  • Cheryl64014
    Cheryl64014 4 years ago

    Thank you for this! The kids will love it, and the grown-ups can make lovely art work as well. Thank you again for sharing!