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Finger Painting School Paints

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LEVEL: Preschool and Early Primary Kids love finger painting. It is so simple and doesn’t require any instructions to have some fun. It allows children to explore textures and colours with their fingers while developing fine controlling skills with hand-eye co-ordination.   Children also learn how to change the look of their painting by adding, mixing and blending colours. Older children enjoy finger painting as an alternative medium to work with.   It can be fun trying out how many ways they can use their own fingerprint to create flowers, bugs, caterpillars etc.   The use of art scrapers can be very exciting by making quick and amazing designs.   Follow us on Pinterest , Facebook , Twitter , Goggle Plus and Flipboard . You will need: : Finger Paint or a thick tempera poster paint.    See tips on paints below. How to thicken Tempera Paint . : Paper : Laminated table top or plastic sheet : Paint scrapers or plastic combs : Spoon (optional) : Apron and

How to thicken School Tempera Paint

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Thick Paint How to thicken School Tempera Paint with school paints Here is a quick recipe to thicken a water based school tempera poster paint.   This takes about 10 minutes to cook and has a great thick smooth texture that is ideal for finger painting.   Depending on the amount of paint you need - increase or decrease the quantities of this recipe. Learn how easy it is to paint a butterfly with mirror painting. What You Need: 4 x spoons of Corn-starch, 3 cups water, small sealable containers. Recipe for thickening Temper Poster Paint : 1. Add 4 x level teaspoons of corn-starch with 3 x cups of water in a pot, mixing until all combined.   2. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring it until the corn-starch dissolves and is smooth and thick. 3. Allow the mixture to cool. 4. Add the thickener to your tempera in a slow pour, stirring the paint until you get the viscosity desired. Don't add too much at once, as you will have to add a m

Gesso Primer and Sealer

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What is a Gesso? with school paints White Gesso Gesso is a primer, sealer or an undercoat. Artists’sometimes apply it to a surface before painting on it. The word Gesso is Italian for "chalk" or from the Latin ‘gypsum’. It is normally a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these. In short it looks a lot like paint but dries to a chalky finish. The most popular formulation is water based and this is suitable to use as a primer and undercoat for both acrylic and oil based paints. Gesso is the most used medium in all art studios. Don't use under waterbased tempera poster paint . Why use a Gesso? It is used as an undercoat to intensify colours and extend the lasting durability of your work. Gesso seals absorbent surfaces and it offers the surface a little more texture (tooth), so the paint sticks better. It also helps to prevent uneven appearance and excessive fast drying, re

Sponge Painting

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Sponge Painting with school paints: LEVEL: Preschool and Early Primary Children love sponge painting.   Sometimes they have more fun making the sponges than painting.   It teaches children about shapes, colour and how paint gets absorbed into the sponges. It also offers a quick and simple way to make colourful artworks. Try to only use one colour per sponge You will need: : Small pieces of sponges or a sponge brush. Kitchen, bath or craft sponges are ideal. : School tempera poster paint in a small bowls or paint trays. : Scissors : Plates or trays : Paper : Clothes Pegs : Permanent marker or crayons : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers : Paper towels – for clean-up. Follow us on Pinterest , Facebook , Twitter , Goggle Plus and Flipboard . Children love sponge painting Let’s get started: Put on the apron and laydown your cover sheet or newspapers. Draw shapes with a marker or crayon like hearts, stars or a flower on the sponge to cut-out.   Cut

What is an Acrylic Paint?

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Acrylic art paints have been around since the late 1940’s. They are an alternative to the traditional oil paints. At the time of being introduced acrylics turned the artist paint industry upside down.   By making the impossible now totally possible.   Similar to what the iPod and iTunes did to music.   What is an Acrylic Paint? Acrylic’s dry fast, can be thinned, washed and cleaned up with water but more importantly for use in schools they are non-smelly and are so much safer. But that’s not all; an acrylic medium can be added to an acrylic paint to turn it into almost anything you can think of from a fabric paint to a block printing ink.   You can even thicken acrylics, slow down the drying time or just water it down and use as a watercolour.     All this was not possible before acrylics came along.   An Oil Paint could take months for just one colour alone to dry.   An Acrylic can take just 20 minutes.   How they work: Acrylic paint is fast

Window Painting with school paints

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LEVEL : Preschool Early Primary Surprise the kids and let them paint on the windows It is fun painting on a see-through surface and it’s something kids don’t get to do every day. Painting on windows makes an attractive and striking surface to work on.   It is important to protect the window frames before you begin.   Just follow the instructions and read the tips below before you start. Enjoy. Follow us on Pinterest , Facebook , Twitter , Goggle Plus and Flipboard . You will need: : Paint brushes : A big window low enough for the little artists’ to reach. : School Tempera Paint in a small bowls or paint pots. See tips on paints below. : Adhesive tape : Bowls of water and an old rag. : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers : Paper towels – this might get messy. Let’s get started: Put on the apron and lay down your cover sheet or newspapers. It is important to protect your window frame, ledges or floor edges with adhesive tape and maybe taped t

Marble Painting

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Marble Painting with school paints: Kids’ love this.   What can be more fun than rolling marbles around in paint!   If you haven’t tried this one out you should give it a go.   It is always a popular art activity. LEVEL: Preschool Early Primary Marble Painting Follow us on Pinterest , Facebook , Twitter , Goggle Plus and Flipboard . You will need: : Marbles : School Tempera Paint in a small bowls or paint pots : Sheets of paper : A large cardboard box – with low sides for easy access. : A spoon : Bowls of water : Apron and a cover sheet or newspaper : Paper towels – this might get messy. Let’s get started: Put on the apron and prepare your work area by laying down newspaper or your cover sheet. Pour a small amount of paint into your bowl or paint pot using one bowl for each colour.   Now place the marbles in your paint bowl Place your paper inside the bottom of your box. You may need to cut the paper to fit.   For best results leave a g

Blot Painting – mirror art

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Blot painting is a lot of colourful fun for kids, plus this project is easy to set up. It is like looking in the mirror, whatever you paint on the left side of the paper is reflected on the right side.   Try making bugs and butterflies and finish them off with a felt pen for the details. Try making bugs and butterflies Use Plenty of colour You will need: : A sheet of light card – A3 is better than A4 :Tempera waterbased poster paint :Paint Brush or a Spoon :Apron :Felt pens or crayons :Newspapers or protective cover sheet.   1.    Prepare your work area.   Lay out newspapers or a cover sheet 2.    Fold the paper in half to make a light crease. Open it out.   You may find some very young children will need to have the paper folded for them. 3.    Brush or spoon the paint out in drops onto one side of the card.   Try to get some colour along the central fold line.     Use bright colours.   4.    Re-fold the card. Rub the card with th