Aboriginal style of dot painting with school paints

Aboriginal style of dot painting with school paints:

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Aboriginal style dot painting is a lot of colourful fun for kids. This project is easy to set up and simple to do.  The end result is a colourful artwork that is just asking to be hung on the wall for the world to see.

Aboriginal style of dot painting by Jaxon Perkins

You will need:
  • A sheet of light card – black can be more effective for an aboriginal theme
  • Tempera Poster Paint in 4 bright colours
  • 4 x shallow paint trays
  • Apron
  • A few old pencils with flat ends or with erasers. You can also use a paint brush upside-down.
  • A ruler or interesting shapes to trace for an outline.
  • Newspapers or protective cover sheet.
 Let’s get started:

1. Prepare your work area.  Lay out newspapers or a cover sheet
2. On your paper very lightly outline some interesting shapes. Often the more simple the better.
3. Pour your 4 colours of  paint into the shallow trays.
4. Using your pencil upside down dip your pencil lightly into the paint.
5. Try to use one pencil per colour or make sure you clean the pencil ends between using colours. This type of art requires clean bright colours.
6. Follow the pencil outlines. Try to keep to the same colour per line.
7. Keep working your way to the edges of the paper with new rows of colour. See from the example that Jaxon has painted.
8. Allow to dry.

Try to keep to your pencil outlines this will help keep your dots in neat tidy rows.
The more simple the design often the better.
You can use almost any items to trace around like cups, bowls, jars or lids and caps.
This is not a type of painting technique you should rush.

See the video below for more hints and tips
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Tony Parker

How to do dot painting
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Make a MineCraft Steve Mask

MineCraft Steve Mask
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Minecraft is so popular and anyone who plays minecraft knows Steve (or the Steve Skin).
Kids love this and it is so much fun.

MineCraft “Steve” Mask
Minecraft "Steve" Mask

You will need:
Cardboard box: –needs to be slightly larger than head size in a square shape.
Paint: – Acrylic or Tempera – colours: Black or brown and a flesh tint.
Packing Tape:
Cardboard sheet to make a stencil:
A cover sheet or newspaper:

MineCraft “Steve” Mask Stencils
Make simple stencils.

Let’s get started:
1. Lay down your protective cover sheet or newspaper.  Put on apron.
2. Tape your cardboard box from inside the carton so there is no tape on the outside. This will give a much better finish to the painted surface.
3. The painting needs to be as “blocky” as possible.  We found cutting simple square-ish type of stencil worked really well.
4. Use your ruler to draw out two stencils on the card. One for the front and another for the side profile. The same side profile stencil can be reversed for the other side of the head.
5. Hold the stencil steady to paint in the black or brown hair.  Paint 3 sides plus the top and allow the colour to dry.
6. While waiting for the hair colour to dry paint the pink flesh tint colour for the rest of all the surface.
7. Once the three sides and the top are completely dry you can paint the final back of the head. Making sure you paint a very straight edge.
8. Once all is dry – using the ruler to measure a small square for the nose and two eyes.
9. Paint in the nose and cut out the eyes. 

MineCraft “Steve” Mask Skin
Minecraft Steve Skin
If you like this you might want to check out our other [ School Paint ideas ].
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TIPS for Minecraft Mask:
Paint: Use an acrylic paint if you need it to be more waterproof.
Tempera paint does not adhere well to packing tape plastic surfaces.
Keep it very simple and very blocky.

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Tony Parker
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Painting with School Dyes:

Watercolour Painting with School Water Dyes:
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Kids love making colourful crafts and working with school dyes is colourful, fun and yet so easy. You can paint simple pictures quickly and you end up with a very bright watercolour effect.

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

Watercolour painting with school dyes

You will need:
: A school water base dye - or a food dye
: Paper (not too thin)
: Black Marker Pen
: Pencil
: Brushes. (Soft hair watercolour brushes are better)
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers or paper towels

Let’s get started:
First make sure you have protection on the painting surfaces.  Wear old clothing, smocks or aprons.
Start with a very simple basic outline pencil sketch. 

Make sure the outlines are dark enough for the children to paint around.
Pour the dyes into trays and paint pots. 

Start to paint in your picture using one brush per colour.  Try not to overload your brush.  The lighter you paint the better the watercolour effect and it will dry much faster.
Once dry use a black marker to outline the details. It is important not to use the market before you paint as some markers will react with the dye and spoil the picture.

:You can mix colours but things can quickly get messy with dirty colours and dirty brushes.
:Thin paper can get over wet and fall apart.

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Tony Parker
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