Create a complementary colors suncatcher inspired by Pat Steir: Color Wheel.
[time] 30–40 minutes
[skill level] beginner
[topic] complementary colors
Take a look at a color wheel. Find the colors on opposite sides (for example, red and green). These are complementary colors. Steir uses complementary colors to create each painting: One color covers the entire surface and the other creates a gesture that drips down the canvas.
Watch the artist at work.
What do you see?
- Gather your supplies. You’ll need paper, crayons, newspaper, a small amount of oil, and a brush for this project.
- Choose your colors: Work in complementary colors like Pat Steir or choose colors you like.
- Create your composition. You can mimic Pat Steir’s paintings, or work in your own style.
- Work in layers. Layer the paper to create variations in the color. Experiment with using different amounts of pressure to create lighter or darker marks.
- Gently apply the oil. Put some newspaper down, and then brush a thin layer of oil over your creation.
- Blot dry, then hang on a window. Let the sun shine through in complementary colors!