Explore the art of creating positive and negative space with Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers, and draw a colorful name design on a fabric drawstring backpack!
The elements of art are used to build an artist’s creation. Form, line, space, shape, value, color, and texture are the elements of art. Not every work of art uses all seven elements, but there are some elements that always appear. Shape is one of those elements!
What do you think space is? How would you define space? In art terms, space is area. It can be 3-D or flat, but it is one element of art that can always be found. There are two types of space, positive and negative. Positive space is the subject of artwork, and negative space is the background or areas around and between the subject.
Look at some examples of M.C. Escher’s art, like “The Drowned Cathedral,” “Old Olive Tree,” and “Hand with Reflecting Sphere.” Identify the areas of positive and negative space. Discuss what you see with your class.
Design your own masterpiece showing positive and negative space! Use your name to create an interesting design on a sporty drawstring backpack! Begin by drawing your name with Crayola Classic Colored Pencils on a heavy sheet of paper. Be sure to draw thick letters that will be easy to cut out and trace.
Carefully cut out each letter of your name using Crayola Blunt-Tip Scissors, and arrange the letters on a flattened drawstring backpack. For best results, use 100% cotton fabric. With Crayola Bright Fabric Markers, trace the outline of each letter onto the backpack. Flip each letter upside down and place directly under the tracing of your name, creating a reflection, and outline the reflection with Bright Fabric Markers. Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.
Fill in the positive space on the name design above the reflection with bold colors using Bright Fabric Markers! Place a sheet of recycled newspaper or scrap paper inside the drawstring backpack to prevent bleed through. Color your design, making sure you saturated the cloth. For the name design reflection, fill in the negative space with color.
When you are finished, ask an adult to iron your design. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.
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