Back In Time: More Monsters!

Watch out! There are monsters all over this post!

monster 15 © lynne medsker

“Monster #15” © Lynne Medsker

monster #10 © lynne medsker

“Monster #10” © Lynne Medsker

Yes, there were more monsters left over from my last post!  I also thought since I posted them over a holiday weekend I might need a follow-up post this week when people have gotten back into their normal blog-reading routines. 🙂 These are simple creations…some of the first totally creative things I ever did. Here are instructions if you’d like to try them yourself, or share them with a youngster who is “bored” and can’t quite find something that entertains them!

!. Starting with a piece of watercolor paper randomly paint a shape on it with some loose watercolor paint.

2. Before the paint dries cover it with a piece of plastic wrap.

3. Smooth the wrap and squish the paint around under the surface then set it aside to dry.

4. After the paint has dried remove the plastic wrap.

5. Turn the paper around and study it until you can see the beginnings of a creature.

6. Add the details with more paint and/or markers, pens, pencils.

The textured/mottled surface the paint and plastic wrap create is really interesting. Here is an image of “monster #10” (shown above) before the details were added:

© lynne medsker

monster 5 © lynne medsker

“Monster #5” © Lynne Medsker

monster 8 © lynne medsker

“Monster #9” © Lynne Medsker

This is a dinosaur that eventually was framed and sold for a little boy’s bedroom.

watercolor dino © Lynne Medsker

“Dinosaur” © Lynne Medsker

I often wonder what he thought of it, he seems a little battle-scarred and intimidating!

monster 13

“Monster #13” © Lynne Medsker

monster 11 © lynne medsker

“Monster #11” © Lynne Medsker

That’s it for the monsters – unless I decide to create some new ones!

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Back in Time: Prehistoric Monsters!

How’s this for something completely different? 🙂 I like to post things that perhaps you weren’t expecting, predictability is boring!

monster 14 © lynne medsker

“Monster #14” © Lynne Medsker

The “Back in Time” in the title has a double meaning – first (and most obvious) is that fact that these imaginary monsters were inspired by the creatures that roamed our earth long, long ago. The second reference is that these are some of my first creations playing with watercolors, probably close to 10 years ago!

monster 6 © lynne medsker

monster #6, watercolor © lynne medsker

Creating these “monsters” would be a fabulous activity for kids this summer when the weather isn’t fit for playing outdoors. Great for exercising those creative muscles! Here are the simple instructions:

!. Starting with a piece of watercolor paper randomly paint a shape on it with some loose watercolor paint.

2. Before the paint dries cover it with a piece of plastic wrap.

3. Smooth the wrap and squish the paint around under the surface then set it aside to dry.

4. After the paint has dried remove the plastic wrap.

5. Turn the paper around and study it until you can see the beginnings of a creature.

6. Add the details with more paint and/or markers, pens, pencils.

Pretty simple, right? I really like the textured/mottled surface the paint and plastic wrap create. Here is an image of “monster #6” (shown above) before the details were added:


I created several of these fun creatures, one was even framed & sold. The rest I still have, nice memories of exploring my creativity a bit and stepping out of my comfort zone.

monster 3 © Lynne Medsker

“Monster #3” © Lynne Medsker

monster 7 © lynne medsker

“Monster #7” © Lynne Medsker

Works of fine art? Well, no, probably not…but I learned a little more about using watercolors and I let me imagination take over. You have to take small steps like that to get to where you want to go!

monster 4 © lynne medsker

“Monster #4” © Lynne Medsker

monster 8 © lynne medsker

“Monster #8” © Lynne Medsker

I’d love to hear if you play with this technique – even better I’d love to see the results!