Half and Half Painting

Great for practicing color value, compositional
planning/layout challenges, color mixing exercise.

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Van Aken Product(s):
Jazz liquid tempera, Jr. Jazz 'truly washable', Jazz School, or Jazz Gloss


  • Jazz paint in assorted colors (or just black and white)
  • various paint brushes
  • heavy paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • old magazine to cut up
  • paint trays
  • water
  • newspaper


  • cover work area with newspaper
  • select a picture out of a magazine and crop it as you wish
  • glue it to the paper
  • draw the rest of the picture around the imageäor cut part of the image out and fill in the missing partäor connect to images together with your own drawing
  • paint in the sketched areas either in shades of gray or by mixing colors to match the magazine photograph

Handy hints:
Either color or black and white pictures may be selected and the fill in either made to match, or reversed to encourage seeing the subtlety of value changes or tinting/shading of colors.