A Toucan

Nov 6, 2014 By Samy, 10
Samyuktha V.'s picture

It took many intricate steps to create this art piece. First I drew a toucan, a tree branch, and leaves. After that, I drew stripes in the background with a Sharpie®. Then, I colored really hard with crayon, so hard the wax came off; each different section a different color.

Next came the hard but fun part: slathering black ink over all that hard work! The extra ink is immediately wiped off with a paper towel before it dries. This creates an antique effect on the piece. Then I left the picture to dry for about 15 minutes. Finally, I etched in small designs (zigzags, chevron stripes, waves, etc.) with calligraphy pens, screwdrivers, inkless pens, and even my fingernails!

This etched painting was a lot of work, but it was fun and paid off well at the end!