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Artuta Art Tips: Blacklight Drawing

Artuta Art School is about nurturing a creative mind, fostering individuality, and building confidence. We wanted to give students more ways to extend their creativity outside of our classes, so we decided to add a new category to our blog called Artuta Art Tips! The idea of Artuta Art Tips is to share concepts and art projects that students can experiment with on their own with skills they already have.

This week, we’d like to share Blacklight Drawing with you!

Blackout drawing artworks

As you can see this project is very fun and interesting!

There are only three things you’ll need to get started:

  1. A few sheets of white paper

  2. Neon markers

  3. Blacklight bulbs

Now, we are ready to create light sensitive drawings. There are multiple ways to go about this, so feel free to experiment drawing with the blacklight on and off.

If you’d like some ideas on what to draw here are some suggestions you can choose from!

  • Day and night scenes

  • Outer space

  • Deep sea underwater

  • Jungle with lots of plants and bugs

  • An animal parade

  • Anything you like!

You will notice that colors look different under different types of lighting. Try drawing without the blacklight, then once you’re done see what your drawing is like with the blacklight on. You can also do the opposite and see what your drawing looks like afterwards. Draw with different drawing tools and see which ones react to UV lights. Try different types of neon fluorescent crayons, markers, or pencils and see what happens!

Drawing line glows in the dark with UV light

Did you notice? Even the paper looks different! Try using different types of paper and see the effects of the fluorescent markers and blacklight. The various types of paper will read differently under the UV light.

Blacklight drawing artwork

We hope you have fun with this project and check back here for more fun art projects and news in the future. Happy creating!

If you’re interested in Artuta classes, our Drawing Salon is a great place to begin. Every Sunday, an Artuta instructor will surprise students with a fun prompt. Come join us! To find out more visit here: Drawing Salon


Kosuke Kawahara

Hello! I’m looking forward to meeting you here in Artuta. I am a Brooklyn based artist. I was born in Kyoto and raised in Shiga, Japan and moved to New York in 2011.


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