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Painting with Rice - The Basics

Turns out, creating art with rice is very similar to creating art with beans... just more tedious.

To create your own rice art, you will need:
  • Various types of rice
  • Sturdy surface (wrapped canvas, canvas board, or wood blocks)
  • White gesso
  • Acrylic and/or watercolor paints
  • Aleene's tacky glue
  • Tweezers
  • Pencil
  • Paint brushes
  • Spray-on acrylic sealer

How to create rice art:
  1. Paint the surface with white gesso and allow to dry.
  2. Sketch a basic outline of your art.

  3. Paint your sketch with the appropriate background colors.

  4. Apply glue to a small area, thick enough to hold your rice in place but not so thick that when you place your rice into the glue it covers the rice.
  5. Using tweezers, glue the rice onto your prepped surface. Your finished work will look nicer if you pick a direction and lay your rice down accordingly. If you just throw your rice down onto the surface, and smash it into the glue, it will look messy. (Unless, of course, you are going for that look. i.e. fur)
  6. Continue to work in small batches until you complete your artwork. It’s important to remember that laying down the rice, one by one, takes time and you don't want your glue to dry before you’ve had a chance to lay down that next piece.

  7. Let the rice dry for approximately 48 hours.
  8. Paint rice, if desired. Allow the rice to dry for at least 3 days.
  9. Spray with acrylic sealer to preserve and protect.

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