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Mirror Blot Painting

Mirror Painting – Blot Painting
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Simple - Easy - Fun

This colourful project is so very easy to set up and blot painting is a lot of colourful fun and creativity for kids. Almost an instant piece of art.

Children really love seeing their finished paintings appearing so different from what they first created.

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You will need:
A sheet of light card – A3 is better than A4
Colourful Tempera Poster Paint
Paint Brush or a Spoon
Felt pens or crayons
Newspapers or protective cover sheet.

Lets get Started:

1. Prepare your work area.  Lay out newspapers or a cover sheet
2. Fold the card in half to make a light crease. Open it out. 
3. Brush or spoon the paint out in drops onto one side of the card.  Try not to put too much paint on. A small puddle will go a long way. 
4. Try to get some colour along the central fold line.   Use bright colours. 
5. Re-fold the card. Rub the ca…

Artists' mixing three or four colours

Artist Tip:
Three or four colours mixed at one time.
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We will exclude white from this rule, so I am talking about pigment colours only. Any more than four of these mixed together in large proportions will end in the same colour no matter what colours you are using.  


You can mix every colour that you have available together in one mix if you want to, but I think that will be very rare, ( never in my case ) but the large proportion of the total mix, at least 90%, must be made up from no more than three of four of the pigments on your pallet.

Microscopic amounts will make a difference, so make a small sample mix first, add tiny amounts at a time. Mix it well and see if you are heading in the right direction. If not, remove it and start again. No it is not wasted paint until you allow it to go on your painting were you should not put it.

Mix it with a pallet trowel, not a brush!! I do not know how artists can con…

Know Your Colours

Know your Colours | By Artist Ron Gribble
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It does not matter what colours that you are using on your Pallet, you need to know them inside out!! Therefore it is reasonable to keep these colour to a minimum, without restricting your combinations. I have kept to the same colours, with very small variations for about 35 years.

The first consideration in choosing these colours is the colour fast qualities of each. I have two options for each of the varieties below, one lighter in value, and one darker in value;
Warm reds, earth colours, blues, yellow or orange, greens, and of course white.
It does not matter what colours you start with, you should not change them unless you have a very good reason.

This way, you will know EXACTLY what happens when you combine them in a mix. I have begun to try different colours to check that I have not been missing out on opportunities, but I usually revert back to my o…