What Do YOU See in the Popped Kernel?
By Chris Dunmire | Posted 5/7/04 | Updated 7/20/23
Coming soon! Popcorn doodling.
Inspired by Harry Kalenberg's Ripley's Believe It Or Not exhibit and Irene Anderson's popcorn sculptures below, and combined with "cloud gazing" with your imagination, this popcorn art project will give your brain a creative starchy workout!
The idea here is to use popped popcorn as a basis for creating people, places, or things you "see" (think clouds!) in the form and essence of the starchy kernel. This can be done quickly with markers or paint, or turned into digital art with your digital device and applying virtual colors, filters, or directly drawing over the picture like I've done here (this way is less messy and lasts forever!).
There's no wrong way to do popcorn art, so you can totally relax and have fun with this. To scope out your options and the pros and cons between doing your art hands-on vs. on the computer, read through the entire project below and use the guidelines and tips to get you started.
Tip: The advantage of doing this digitally is that you are not limited to creating on the popcorn itself. The disadvantage is that you only get one perspective to work with once you've scanned in the popcorn.
Challenge: Try to create with a theme in mind. For instance, create a barnyard full of animals, a family of insects, or TV show characters. Remember, since no two pieces of popcorn are alike, you only get one chance at rendering what you see!
It's okay to play with your food! And if you scan your popcorn into an image editing program, you'll quickly begin thinking of all the other "things" you can possibly scan. Be forewarned, scanning in objects for art projects is addictive!
The NEXT Creative Step…
If you liked doing popcorn art, this way, think about what else you can do with popped or un-popped popcorn and art materials. •
We're honored to host this special gallery of popcorn art done by 69-year-old Irene Anderson from Glade Spring, Virginia, USA. Her daughter Crystal informed us that her mother had them displayed in the Washington County Library where her other daughter works.
Aren't these intriguing? Maybe this gallery will encourage some new artistic ideas to pop into your mind! After all, creativity only needs a tiny kernel of inspiration to take root.
Thank you, Crystal and Irene, for showcasing your lovely popcorn art on Creativity Portal!
Fox in Bushes
Fish and Coral
My Little Pony
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