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Paint Lab
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This project is inspired by two art school
experiences. The rst experience occurred
my freshman year in the dorms. Using
leftover watercolor paint from a homework
project, two friends and I created collab-
orative paintings that were composed of
three deft brushstrokes. It was so much
fun to paint in a social format and to create
work that was fresh and spontaneous.
The second experience was studying
traditional calligraphy in Kyoto, Japan,
where there exists an ancient and rich
philosophy based on the energy and
spontaneity of the mark. Simple marks can
make a strong dramatic statement.
Fig. 1
18" 24" (45.7 61 cm) or
larger piece of watercolor
paper
large hake brushes (shown)
watercolor or gouache paint
tarp for oor
large butcher tray for paints
Materials
He neither serves nor
rules, he transmits. His
position is humble and
the beauty at the crown is
not his own. He is merely
a channel.”
—Paul Klee
For this lab, nd two other people to paint with and, in the Zen tradition, be in the moment
and create your marks 1, 2, 3!
3
2
LAB
Collaborative Zen Painting
One, two, three, gouache on paper
Let’s Go!
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Tip
Do three paintings using this process so
each participant can have one.
This project is inspired by two art school
experiences. The rst experience occurred
my freshman year in the dorms. Using
leftover watercolor paint from a homework
project, two friends and I created collab-
orative paintings that were composed of
three deft brushstrokes. It was so much
fun to paint in a social format and to create
work that was fresh and spontaneous.
The second experience was studying
traditional calligraphy in Kyoto, Japan,
where there exists an ancient and rich
philosophy based on the energy and
spontaneity of the mark. Simple marks can
make a strong dramatic statement.
1. Pick two other collaborators who will
bring enthusiasm to the project (our
contributors Karina Holyoak Wood and
her two daughters Ava and Maddy are
shown at right).
2. Mix or place three colors onto the
butcher tray, and add a little water to
really load up each hake brush with
pigment (g. 1).
3. Place on the oor a tarp and on top of
this the watercolor paper.
4. Take turns energetically painting the three
marks. Let them overlap (gs. 2, 3).
Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
Collaborative Zen Painting
Let’s Go!
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