|The unaltered tempera painting by Nate1253
|The painting after rinsing off the ink
|The painting with color reapplied in specific areas and rinsed slightly
|The unaltered tempera painting by Michaela1229
|The paint batik end product after some rework
|The unaltered tempera painting by Brittany5262
|The paint batik end product which she didn't need to rework
Here's a recipe to totally annihilate the "preciousness" of student work:
1. Take one perfectly fine tempera painting
2. Completely obliterate it in a single coat of India ink
3. Let dry for no more than 15 minutes
4. Rinse off and totally freak out
5. Dry flat and hope for the best
5. Jump in and repaint areas for emphasis
Something must have changed in my standard tempera paint's formula. During the rinsing process, instead of a little paint washing away leaving cool staining affects with India ink, we experienced a mass exodus of tempera pigment. Paintings bled ink and tempera down the drain to such an extent that the color drained from my students' faces as well.
Frankly, the paint batik process balances risk and unexpected happy accidents. So, I encouraged my students to repaint some areas to add emphasis and appreciate those happy accidents. I'm not sure I've convinced all of them that the end results were successful. On the bright side, I think their altered works at least challenged them to think creatively. When I repeat this project in a couple of years, we're adding a bit of Elmer's Glue to our paint for more staying power.