I've always used black construction paper for the background, feeling that the chalk contrasts better than with any other color.
Of course, glue is messy and hard to control, so here are my tips you can share with your child or students:
Drawing with Glue
- Pretend the tip of the glue bottle is a pencil lead. Instead of holding the glue bottle in the air and allowing the drip, drip, drip of the glue to splatter your paper, touch the tip directly onto the paper. Give a little squeeze and let the glue flow in an even line.
- Pulling the glue bottle towards you is always better than pushing the bottle away from you.
- If the drawing is complicated (i.e. fish, bird, etc.) use a soft lead pencil to lightly draw the subject onto the black paper first. If drawing something simple, let's say a flower, then let the glue bottle lead the way.
- Draw BIG. This step is important, so I'll repeat it. Draw BIG.
- Don't worry about big puddles of glue or in one particular case, footprints from an absent minded parent walking across the art that is innocently lying on the floor waiting to dry...it'll add texture and by gone it, tons of interest.