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Whiteboard Art Challenge

Whiteboard Art Challenge

A whiteboard is a great tool for writing notes, messages and working out calculations and ideas. However, they can also be used to make inspiring pieces of art. Over the last few weeks, our team has been using whiteboards to create wonderful recreations of classic works of art, including Picasso and Magritte.

The team challenged each other to spend only one hour recreating the classic paintings, some of which required the use of inventive techniques, such as precise smudging and wiping to mimic certain brush strokes.

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The Challenge

After the fun we had in the office, we would love to see what you can do with your own whiteboards. Do you think you can create a whiteboard masterpiece? Send us your best whiteboard art on Twitter using @vikingchat. We will then share our favourites on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

To get you into the artistic spirit, view our favourite office creations below.

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Techniques you can use

Smudging

To smudge the whiteboard marker ink, take an old whiteboard eraser, or tissue, and rub lightly on the marks using the corner of the eraser or your finger tip. This will remove the ink, but once the ink is applied to the eraser or tissue, you can use the ink saturated area to smudge rather than remove ink from the whiteboard.

It’s worth noting that some ink will still be removed, but this can be used to create a hierarchy between foreground and background layers.

When smudging ink, always saturate your eraser corner or tissue with the same colour that you want to smudge. Using a different colour with taint your original colour, creating a new shade. This can also be used to your advantage, for example, smudging red and blue to create a more purple looking shade.

Using a marker to remove ink and create texture

Even though whiteboard marker ink is designed to be erasable, it does dry. If you draw a line and come back to it five or ten minutes later, you can actually remove ink using the same pen.

As a test, try drawing a head shape with whichever ink colour you want. Then, after a few minutes, come back and draw the details with the same pen.

Use a grid

Some people consider using a grid to be cheating, but it isn’t. Many fine artists from throughout history have used a grid to paint and draw. If you’re not that confident in your drawing ability, create a grid based on the aspect ratio of your whiteboard and then draw this over a print-out of your image. If the image doesn’t quite fit, that doesn’t matter. Simply ignore the extra areas of the painting.

Here’s an example of a grid applied to a painting:

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Equipment List

To make some truly wonderful works of art, there are a few pieces of equipment that will really help. Luckily, you can get most of these from our store. Here is the equipment we recommend:

Show-me whiteboard markers: these markers include a wide range of colours that are hard to find elsewhere, such as yellow

1000mm ruler: for drawing your grid (if you choose to use one)

Whiteboard erasers: for smudging and wiping ink

A whiteboard: available with an easel stand for that extra arty touch

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