Marbling with school paints

Marbling with school paints:
By Sarah Bastida - Sarah's Blog: Paper Crafts for Children 
From the Ideas for Art Book Series book  “Paint”

Marbling usually involves oil based paints and turpentine.
But m
arbling with 
Powder Paint is easy and more economical. Try it...

Marbling with school paints
Marbling with school paints

You will need
Cooking oil
Tempera Powder paints
Dish and water

Marbling usually involves oil based paints and turpentine. The end result is very effective, however the necessary materials are not usually close at hand and cleaning up can pose some problems. Marbling with Powder Paint is easy and economical.

Mix a small amount of cooking oil with some powder paint. A couple of tablespoonful's of mixture is enough. The proportions of oil to paint can be decided on and adjusted as the marbling takes place.
Use a brush to shake drops of mixture onto the surface of the water in the tray. Gently stir the water to mingle the colours.
Lay a piece of paper on the surface of the water to pick up the paint.
Repeat the last step until the colour is fading, then add some more paint to the surface of the water.

Ideas for Art Book Series book  “Paint”

by Sarah Bastida
From the Ideas for Art Book Series book  “Paint”

Sarah's Blog: Paper Crafts for Children
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Artist Tip: What to Paint by Ron Gribble

Subject Master: What to Paint
By Ron Gribble

So often I see people who are trying to learn how to paint and they choose to paint a portrait of their friend, son or daughter.  Often, it is their dog or cat that gets the treatment.

I know that what one artist thinks is difficult, another will find easier, but I have never met one artist yet who has found the above subjects easy!
Portrait of Norman Rockwell Painting the Soda Jerk
Why are portraits so hard? Several reasons actually…

1.       Every one of us is an expert on the anatomy of humans and animals. We may not be able to recall and draw every detail, but if you get it slightly wrong even a young child knows there is something that doesn’t look right.

Eyes too small or one above the other, nose in the wrong place, relative to other details, mouth too big, not straight or ears in the wrong position.  A variation of a tiny fraction of a millimetre can make one eye to float above or below the other.

2.       Trying to place details that have to obey the laws of the perspective onto a circular object, namely the head requires much planning, observation and skill

3.       Any variations in the above will lose the element of likeness.  What makes one person look different to another? Fine details MUST be right.


If you are trying to master any particular medium you have enough problems without the above. Choose a subject that doesn’t add to your troubles. It is commonly accepted that 1000 paintings is the “apprenticeship” in any one medium.  And that portraits are for the “master craftsman” only.

So why try to buy a Rolls-Royce for your first car?

Until you have finished 1000 paintings in that medium don’t attempt portraits.  Any landscape is a piece of cake in comparison.
Ron Gribble
 Happy Painting

Ron Gribble

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Frame your artwork with school paints

Frame your artwork:

If it is worth spending the time to paint something it is worth a few moments to create something to frame it. 

This is more than often overlooked; it is a small thing that can highlight the mood by adding impact and spice to any artwork. Plus it does look great.

You can paint a boarded frame before or after you have finished your painting.  But another popular idea for the classroom is to make a boarded frame on a larger piece of paper separately and add it to the completed painting later. This is what we have done here. 
Frame your artwork clown painting
Frame your artwork with another larger sheet of paper.

Paste sheets of colour paper on a larger board like we did with the clown painting.

Use another sheet of paper to cover and protect your painting while you paint a frame.
Frames can be simple yet very effective
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Tony Parker