So this was a challenging art problem for some of my summer camp students. I asked them to choose an art supply to trace over and over again making overlapping designs. Then they were asked to use only a few colors to fill in the outlined designs. The complex part was that where the parts overlapped they should have chosen a new color. Most of the students stuck to a particular color family, for example, using only cool (blues & greens) colors. I allowed them to use either markers or watercolors. Rethinking this project, I would 1.) use smaller paper and fewer objects, 2.) use different media and 3.) insist on a black outline in Sharpie so that the overlapping areas stand out more.
Nonetheless, here are some of the better samples of student work from this project experiment: