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Diebenkorn was born in Portland, Oregon in 1922, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where the colors of fog and sea and mist were his everyday companions. His paintings reflect his ocean environment and exposure in abstract works, especially through his famous "Ocean Park Series" paintings.
Though Diebenkorn did not use stain painting technique, children can create paintings that reflect their own special colors too, in an easy to do project called "Stain Painting" based on Diebenkorn's abstract designs. Use bits and pieces of art tissue painted onto paper with water. Once blurred and wet, the art tissue is then removed, leaving a captivating blurred stain on the paper. (Some artists prefer to leave their art tissue on the paper and not peel it away.)
Pages 76 and 77 in "Great American Artists for Kids" shows an example by Richard Diebenkorn as well as four different artworks by children of various ages.
Kids love how the colors blend and blur and bleed from the art tissue, and yes, you can use crepe paper too! Enjoy this project, compliments of Bright Ring Publishing! If you have scans or pictures of what your kids make, send to MaryAnn and I can post them on this blog if you like.