Paper Dyeing school art

Paper Dyeing school paints:

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.
Quick and easy simple colourful art works.    

water soluble dye classroom art
Paper Dyeing school paints
You will need:
: Paper – You will get the best results from absorbent papers like:
blotting paper, rice paper, coffee filter paper, paper towels

: Water Soluble dye or water based food dye.
: Eye droppers, old bowls or plastic containers.  
: Rubber gloves would also be handy.
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers or paper towels

Let’s get started:
Put on the apron

Pour some dye into the containers making sure you have one for each colour.
Fold your sheets of paper into eights or even sixteenths.

Dip a corner of the folded paper into a colour then remove it while trying not to over soak the paper.
Dip another corner into the second colour and remove it.

Repeat this with the corners of the paper.
Allow to dry.

-          Try cutting shapes into the paper before you dip it in the dye.
-          Use and eye dropper to colour the centre of the paper.
-          You could try the eye dropper on a flat unfolded sheet of paper.

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Tony Parker

Tennis Ball Prints

LEVEL: Pre-school and very Early Primary (5+)

This is a fun printmaking lessons for very active kids.
A summertime outdoor art activity that is ideal for good hot weather.

Tennis Ball Printing
Tennis Ball Prints with School Paints
You will need: : Paper
: Tempera Poster Paint with some shallow paint trays
: Tennis Balls – old old are also good
: Apron, old shirts  – plus paper towels.

Let’s get started:
Before you start make sure that children are well protected with old shirts or aprons.

Supervision is also important. As kids love to throw balls….
Pour some paint into shallow trays – 3 or 4 colours should be enough.

Dip the balls into the tempera poster paint. It is better not to over wet the tennis balls.  Try to avoid it being all too drippy.  But sometimes the drippy-ness adds to the final artwork.
Dab or drop the tennis balls one at time onto the blank paper.

Hang and allow to dry.
-          Sometimes brushing paint on to the tennis ball gives you more control.
-          Try to cover only one side of the tennis ball
-          Use clean bright colours.
-          Don’t pour the used paint back into the bottles

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Tony Parker

Paper mache animal piggy bank

Paper mache animal pig school paints:
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LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.
Paper mache animal pig school paints
Paper mache animal piggy bank
These are a lot of fun to make and, once painted with bright colours and patterns, look fabulous in kids’ rooms or around the classroom.  It is so much fun and every one creates something different and unique.

You will need:
: Large balloons
: Tempera poster paint
: Paste or a PVA glue is good.
: Several newspapers or packs of tissue paper
: Pipe cleaners
: Thick art brushes
: Egg cartons
: Plastic table top or you can cover a table with a plastic sheet.

Let’s get started:
Blow up your balloon to the size you want your animal to be.

Tape or rest the balloon on a mug or jar.
Tear your newspaper or tissue paper into small strips and stick onto the balloon using the glue or paste.

Once you’ve added 3-4 layers, leave the balloon in a warm place until it dries and goes hard.
Add legs by cutting out the individual egg holders from an egg carton.

Paint and decorate your animal as you choose.  Be creative and try bright colours. Allow to dry.
Using a craft knife to cut a money slot in the top.

-          A black marker is good for making eyes and other markings.
-          Make sure that you have the pig balanced to stand up without falling over.
-          Pastes are better than PVA.
-          Sometimes you need to leave it to dry overnight and harden.

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Tony Parker

How do YOU get paint out of clothing?

How do YOU get paint out of clothing?
FAS: Total Wash Kids Paint

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One of the questions most often asked about children’s paint is, "Is it washable?"
Really totally washable from kids clothing?

Parents often get annoyed when children come home with paint on their clothes.
More than often the most colourful paints are "mostly washable" but not completely. And even with "washable" paints, the reds, dark blues and purples and some of the other colours don’t wash out completely.

Stain Removers:
There are stain removers that wash out the pigment but it still leaves a slight residual stain.  This is worst on lighter fabrics.

Sometimes the chemicals in the stain removers react with the paint chemicals and set about helping to set the stain rather than removing it.
We have tested some of the top international known brands and have found they don’t completely washout. That is why they say “will washout of MOST fabrics” on the label.  One brand says “wash-ability you can rely on” but then they say “will wash of of most” fabrics on the label.  Either it does or it does not...

There is only one paint that washes out of all fabrics and they put of on the label.  “This Paint WILL wash out of all fabrics”.  No stain remover’s required just plain water.

 What are YOUR tricks for getting paint out of clothes? Please share your comments.
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