Paint Resist Skyline with School Paints

Paint Resist Skyline with School Paints 
by Sarah Bastida
from the book "Ideas for Art - Paint"
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A skyline is very effective as a silhouette. The children could draw a skyline from the neighbourhood or make one up. As a class project prepare a piece of paper for each student that has lines on each edge where they should start their skyline. Then when all the pictures are finished they can be joined up to make a continuous picture - very effective.

You will need:
Acrylic Paint (black) or indian ink
Watery paint (tempera or arcylic watered down) or a dye.

Painting Resist Skyline
Paint with acrylic paint

wash with a dye Paint Resist
Apply the wash 

If it is watered down enough, paint can be used in the place of dyes when a transparent effect is needed. The watery paint can be used over any picture made with a waterproof medium, such as acrylic paints, inks or even crayons. The effect is also different from that given by dyes, it has more texture to it. Paint a picture with acrylic paint or waterproof ink. This will dry waterproof. Brush the very watery paint over the dry picture to add a contrast. Although tempera paints can also be used, acrylic paints give the best colour when watered down.

All artwork and images are from the book "Paint"  by Sarah Bastida.
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How to use Block Printing Inks

How to use Block Printing Inks.

Block Printing Inks

Blocking Printing with printing inks is a great and fun art project for the school classroom.

There are a lot of great brands of printing inks you can use and you will find them from your local school art supplier.

Everyday objects like caps, buttons and string can be used to make graphic, beautiful block printed images or you can use lino or wood to carve out your own artwork like in the video below.

Below is a really great video from Speedball a brand from USA but you can do this type of block printing with other brands too. 

For the best results use a “proper printing ink” and don’t use an acrylic paint with a printing medium mixed.    

Easy DIY Freddy Krueger Halloween Costume

Easy DIY
Freddy Krueger
 Halloween Costume:

with School Paints.

Easy DIY  Freddy Krueger Halloween costume.
by "FAS Face Paint" and "Fastex Textile Ink"
Good quality NON-TOXIC colours from NEW ZEALAND.
Video by Nandee Stationery - Bangkok

DIY Halloween:
It is that time of year again...  Here is a simple way to make a "Freddy Kruegar" Halloween outfit yourself.

You will need:
Face Paint
Masking Tape
Fabric Ink (Paint)
Red long sleeve tee shirt.

Watch this video to see how it's done...

Video by Nandee Stationery Bangkok

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Scratch Art works with school paints

Scratch Paintings lesson with school paints: 

Kids love this art lesson.  
It's kind of like magic reveal art for children that is suitable all ages to have a go at it.  It is simple colourful and fun.

This is a very effective and easy activity.

Scratch art with school Paints

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

You will need:
Black Tempera Poster Paint or Indian Ink works well.
White drawing paper.
Oil pastel crayons or wax crayons
Toothpicks or Popsicle sticks
Coloured construction paper

Let’s get started:
Step 1:
Use the crayons or pastels to create shapes and patterns on the paper, making sure to press hard to fill the entire sheet of paper with bright colours.  

Step 2. 
Paint heavily over the whole paper using black tempera paint or Indian Ink.   Allow to dry.  

Or a paint free option that is quicker but not as effective is to cover the colours with a thick black layer of wax crayon.

Step 3. 
Plan out a picture or design and using the Popsicle stick or toothpicks, scratch the design into the black layer. The crayoned colours will show through where you scrape away the black revealing the colours below. 

Paintings by Botany Downs Primary School

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It is a good idea to make sure that you have all the artworks named on the back before you start.

Thicker paper might be better as paper can get soggy. 
Indian Ink is permanent and best suitable for older children.

You may be able to find bright multi coloured card that you can just paint in black over so all you need to do is scratch out your final designs as they have done in the above images.   

Paper Mache Sheep Pot Plant holder with School Paints

Paper Mache Sheep Pot Plant holder
Made by Mercy Centre Orphanage Bangkok:  

Mercy Centre orphanage in Bangkok gets $3000 of Super Tempera paint donated and shipped to them free. See what they made… And learn how to make it.

Paper Mache Sheep Pot Plant holder

Learn how to make amazing fun and colourful pot plant animals.  Turning an old ordinary pot plant holder into a decorative paper mache animal plant holder. Lots of fun!

A great colouful project from Prawina at the Mercy Centre in Bangkok Thailand.

inside Paper Mache Sheep Pot Plant holder

You will need:

Making Paper Mache:
Making the Paper Mache Shape
Making the Paper Mache Shape.

·         Vegetable pot for being the structure
·         Newspapers or paper for recycling
·         Masking tape
·         Tissue paper
·         Water
·         White glue or a school paste.
·         Paint brush
·         School Tempera Poster Paints
·         lacquer spray can

painting the Paper Mache sheep
FAS super tempera Painting the Sheep
Painting the Sheep

Let’s get started:
How to do the paper mache:

Tear paper or newspapers into fairly large pieces.

Make your adhesive by mixing approximately 2 parts white glue with 1 part water or use a school paste.

Crumpled up newspaper and kept wrapping it into a shape needed and secured it with masking tape. 

Design what shape that you want to make it like any animals, cartoon characters or anything around the vegetable pot.
Made by Mercy Centre Orphanage Bangkok super tempera

We used 2-3 layers of newspaper to cover it and finish the top layer by using the tissue paper coat it.

Colour the paper mache shape by painting the surface and polish by using the lacquer spray.

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Prawina Sompong

FAS | Fine Art Supplies & Ecu Line Donated $3000 of Super Tempera Poster Paint to the Mercy Centre Orphanage Bangkok.
FAS | Fine Art Supplies & Ecu Line Donate $3000 of
Super Tempera Poster Paint to the Mercy Centre Orphanage Bangkok.

Paint with PVA Glue and School Paints

Painting with PVA Glue and School Paints:

There are a lot of ways you can use glue to create fun colourful effects with paint. One of my favourites is to create glue resist paintings.

Another great and fun idea is to get the children to paint a secret message on the paper, once dried mix up all the classes’ paintings so each child ends up with a secret mystery painting to discover with the painted sponge. Loads of fun!

Painting with PVA Glue
LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

You will need:
A bright coloured tempera poster paint 
PVA Glue – in squeeze bottles is helpful
Paper – Bright coloured paper is a great idea.
Sponge or an old dish cloth.

paint with pva glue in the classroom using school paints
Simple designs seem to work best
Let’s get started:
Draw a design onto your paper lightly with a pencil and then go over it with PVA glue.  Or simply draw a design directly onto paper with using the glue.

Using a small squeeze bottle is ideal for small hands but you could use a thin brush to paint your design if you need more control on a more complex design.  We used a the squeeze bottle for these pictures..

Let the design dry thoroughly. This can take a little time and may need to dry overnight.

When your design is completely dry, wet the sponge by dipping it in some water, then dipping it in your poster paint. Carefully wipe the sponge across the paper, covering your paper with your colour.

The paint will not stick to the dried glue and you will see the background paper through the paint.


  • Works better with a watery paint.
  • This artwork can also be made with a colourful school dye.
  • It seems to work better with simple designs like stars, flowers, rockets or simple shapes.
  • Making sure the glue is completely dry is very important to make this successful.
  • If you use a bright coloured background paper you will see this colour through the paint.  Adds another dimension to it. 

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Animal finger and thumb printing

Finger animals, flowers and bees.

This is how you do it.  So Easy...

finger painting chickens lesson
Finger Print Chickens

Finger Paint animal fun.

Get the children using their hands with this fun thumb and finger print activity. The children will love getting their hands messy to create colourful fun animals and later they can then add details to give them life.
In this activity the children will be using skills such as painting, drawing and writing.

These are great to make fun Easter cards and they are personal to each child with their own unique thumbprint being using to create colourful artwork.

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

You will need:
Tempera Poster Paint – Yellow, Red and Black.  Any colours..
Marker Pen
Paper Towels – for wiping hands.

Let’s get started:
1. Provide the children with the materials and explain that they are going to be making some paintings using their thumbs and fingers.

2. Paint a colour on to the fingers on one hand. One colour per brush and one colour per thumb or finger. Painting thinner is better that thick as you are stamping prints not blobs.

Finger and thumb Printing lesson
Finger and thumb Printing before adding details

3. Have sheet of paper to test you have right thickness before you start.

4. Leave these to dry.

 5. Using a fine tip black marker, draw on the details and leave these to dry.

-          You can do all sorts of animals from cows to horses.
-          Make sure the paint is thin enough for kids to make clear and clean stamped images.  Less paint is more...

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Artists Mixing Colours by Ron Gribble

Mixing Colours:
by Ron Gribble

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It has been my experience that the hardest problem that all artists face is mixing their paints to make the colours that they are wanting.

About 80% of my painting time is spent mixing colours. If I could teach that one thing with a magic ‘bullet’ I would patent the idea, and go on a world speaking tour.

It does not matter if your medium of choice is Oils, Water colours, Acrylics, Pastels, or whatever else that I have forgotten to mention, the problems and mistakes are all the same.

There are however some very pointed tips that will help you to focus your attention on each of the problems. If you already have the talent, and the desire to put in the hard work, I can shorten the learning curve for you. I will post my detailed answer to each of the headings below.

I invite you to consider the following;

Know your colours on your pallet.

Three or four mixed together, any more is mud.

Hot or cold, and what value do you want?

Atmosphere how does that effect my colours?

Keep your work space clean.

Analyse the colour, what is the closest colours that I have on my pallet?

Happy Painting,
Ron Gribble
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Mixing Colours and Keeping your Work Space Clean

Keep your Work Space Clean.
by Ron Gribble   

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Not only clean, but organised also. If you cannot control the colour while it is on your pallet, how can you hope to control it on your painting??  If you are not organised you will get frustrated, and rush it. Near enough is not good enough, and never will be. Below is my studio pallet set up on glass. There are some points below that will help you to achieve nice clean colours;

ron artists mixing colours
A simple idea but it works so well.

Never mix colours with a brush. There is no quicker way to lose control of a colour. Note the Pallet Trowel that I use above. This does not have your knuckles receiving as much paint as the brush does.
Clean your pallet off regularly, you cannot be too fussy. When you switch to light colours, clean it off again.

If you are painting outside ( Pleine Aire ) then you should be making sure that the wind does not destroy your ability to concentrate. Use ‘Bulldog Clips’ to hold rags and paper to clean your brushes.

Rags should be used only to clean the excess turpentine from your brushes, but paint that is cleaned from brushes, or pallet should go into an old copy of the phone book or similar. This is absorbent, and easy to flip the next page over, to create another nice clean surface to clean your next colour on.

All held down by another trusty Bulldog clip, as you will see above. You can have the heavy clips hanging down the side of your pallet to save mixing space? The wind will find out your weaknesses, and drive you crazy with them!! You cannot have too many ‘bulldog clips’.

I use this glass pallet on an old Tea Trolley in the studio, but this is far too heavy for on location.

Happy Painting
Ron Gribble
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Painting with Indian Ink

Painting with Indian Ink:

Painting with FAS Indian Ink
Try Painting with Indian Ink - Artworks by Jade Sintes

Indian ink is often under appreciated as a medium for painting.  But the results can be stunning with bold dark black brushstrokes that can be varied from thick to thin in the very same brush movement.

What is Indian Ink?Indian ink is a black ink once widely used for writing and printing and now more commonly used for drawing, especially when inking comic characters and comic strips. It is thin like water yet bold and dark in colour. This can be diluted with water to make shades of grey.

Brushes or Dip Pens?

When it comes to painting with Indian ink the dip pen will offer the artist finer details and a lot of the techniques that are used with pencils, like shading and hatching. The pen is easier to use and can be a quicker way to get your ideas on paper quickly. 

However, for bold and expressive artworks, the brush is the tool that will give you that full bodied brushstrokes that you just can’t get with technical and dip pens. Ideal for making a bold raw expressive statement.
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Atmosphere. How Does This Effect My Colours?

Atmosphere. How Does This Effect My Colours?
by Artist Ron Gribble
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The answer is everywhere. If you are painting a still life, in the corner of a shed somewhere, it is going to be less, because there is less distance in your painting. But the more distance you put into your painting, the more that atmosphere is going to be a factor. What do I mean by atmosphere? The way that light and thus colour is changed by the water particles, or lack of water particles that exists in the atmosphere of the day. The time of day, the heat of the day, the time of year, the place on Earth where you are painting, there are so many factors, that will all combine to make each day what it is. This atmospheric colour will be the dark colours that are visible in your scene, from the front right through to the back.

artist tip How Does This Effect My Colours
How Does This Effect My Colours

The atmospheric colour will be lighter in the back, as the distant colours are effected more by the light. So the more distance there is between you and what you are looking at, the lighter and warmer it should be in your painting. This is called “Aerial Perspective”. I prefer to call it colour perspective, and if you can grasp the importance of settling on an atmospheric colour, and tinting this for all of your dark colours through the painting, you will make your job a lot easier.

So, find the atmospheric colour, decide exactly how hot it is going to be, as per my other tip. Atmospheric colours are cold or cool colours, as they are in the shade, but decide how cool you want it, and mix up the value of the colour that will be in the mid-ground. If you mix up plenty of it, you can slit it into three piles, and lighten and warm one for the back ground, and darken and cool the other one for the front.

This atmospheric colour will appear in ALL of your colours. Yes, even your highlights. There may only be very small amounts in some colours, but the whole painting will ‘hang together’ in a common family of colours.

Happy Painting,
Ron Gribble.

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School Paints Colour Mixing Guide

Colour Mixing Guide:

Free PDF Paint Colour Mixing Guide download. 
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One of the most exciting things about kid’s paints is learning how to mix colours to make new colours.  You can use the primary colours (red, blue, and yellow) plus black and white to get all of the colours of the rainbow.

Kid's love mixing colour to make new colours.

This colour mixing chart shows how the 3 primary colours can be mixed with each other to become secondary colours. How these secondary can become intermediate colours.   Download the PDF of the Colour Mixing Guide to have as a reference in the classroom.

You might also find these links helpful  Colours & the colour wheel explained  and Basic Primary Colour Combinations.  

The 3 Primary Colours are: 

Secondary Colours:
If you mix one primary colour with another one you get what is known as the secondary colours.

Intermediate Colours:
By mixing a secondary colour with a primary colour you get these intermediate colours.

Tints - Tones - Shading:
Adding white to a colour lightens it
Adding black to a colour darkens it

By mixing varying amounts of
Black and White you can get
different degrees of Grey

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