1.) We brainstormed different kinds of lines (wavy, zig-zag, thick, thin, dashed, etc.) and different styles of letters (uppercase, lowercase, cursive, bubble, etc.)
2.) The students chose a word (their name, favorite sport, etc.) and drew 2 ideas for each letter in their sketchbook.
3.) They chose their favorites, and drew their word on 6'' x 12'' watercolor paper with pencil first, going over the pencil with black permanent marker.
4.) I cut each painting into 3'' squares with a paper cutter.
5.) The students scrambled their squares, trying a few different combinations, and then glued them back into a 6'' x 9'' rectangle onto a 9'' x 12'' piece of black construction paper.
6.) I demonstrated some watercolor techniques (salt, rubbing alcohol, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, crayon resist). The students found shapes to paint and try the techniques. I had them use either warm or cool colors, but that isn't necessary.