The final step in our exotic environment composition will be to create some values in our background with water-soluable colored pencil.
Good compositions have good overlapping, not too much negative space, but not too crowded either. They have large sized plants put on in an interesting way. Be sure to arrange your composition carefully before gluing it down!
Test yourself: Which of the selected student images below have the stronger compositions?
Once students have laid out their composition and glued it down, they should go over the contours with fine tip sharpie before adding the zentangle designs. That way, the design doesn't get confused with the contour lines.
Once students have their plants glued down and their contours drawn out, they will then create various Zentangle-Inspired designs within each plant.
Once students have drawn out all of their contours on the colored paper, they will cut them out and lay them out on the paper in order to create the best composition. Students should be sure to have overlapping plant shapes with very little negative space. They are able to hang off the edge of the paper if needed.
Keep arranging until you get the perfect composition!
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