Saturday, 31 March 2012

Painting on different textures

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The good weather brings the opportunity to paint outside and to try different textures. This week it was a couple of paving slabs, some sacking and even a window, but you could really use anything...

You will need:
  • Poster paint of different colours in pots
  • Brushes
  • A sack/material
  • Paving slabs
  • Anything else you don't mind to be a canvas
Activity:
  • Set up your paints in the garden or park so that they are easily accessible (a brush for each colour in the pots) and so your child can keep coming back to the painting throughout the day.
  • Hang up the sack cloth on a wall or stapled to a tree/between two trees.
  • Look together at how the paint goes onto the cloth and how you need quite a lot of paint to  make a vivid colour splash.


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  • Lay out other things to paint on such as stones, an old paving slab, some textured wallpaper, a piece of bark etc.
  • Encourage your child to look at how the paint settles on the different textures - talk about the differences together.
  • Our sacking has been up for a few days and is a work in progress. The paving slab pictures came and went with a rain shower (although there was something quite satisfying about the transience of those particular paintings)...


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Or you could:

  • Endless possibilities for textures: look out for interesting things to use as a background - corrugated cardboard, textured wallpaper, plastic (although you will probably need to use acrylics), wood, stones, shells etc etc.
  • Try out different paints, felt tips, chalks, pastels on your chosen textures. See which make the best combination. 
  • Add texture with glitter, sand, feathers, leaves, wool, felt. You could even try painting on top of these additions to make yet more interesting textured backgrounds.


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