Mirror Blot Painting

Mirror Painting – Blot Painting
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Simple - Easy - Fun

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Blot Painting - just two colours - just a few drops of paint. Makes for a easy clean up.

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 card with the palm of your hand trying to work the paint from the centre to the outer edge
6. Allow to dry. 
7. Add the final extras with a black marker.  Eyes, feet, legs, dots or a nose.
Just spoon on a few small puddles of paint.
Tips: You can use paper but light card or a cartridge paper is better.  Blot painting can be too thick for most paper causing it to pull apart.

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Tony Parker
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Artists' mixing three or four colours

Artist Tip:
Three or four colours mixed at one time.

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Mixing too many colours .. Mud!

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.

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Artists Mixing Colours

Mix it with a pallet trowel, not a brush!! I do not know how artists can control how much paint that they are adding to a mix, when much of it is concealed inside the bristles of a brush. It will keep coming out into the mix long after you are finished and happy with the colour, wreaking your mix.

You need to learn to analyse your pigments, and you will look at a colour and see the colours that make it up. It got so that I could not look at anything without this ‘kicking in’. It nearly drove me nuts, when I was trying to relax, and my brain was busy analysing colours and mixing them. More about this later.

Happy Painting
Ron Gribble.

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Know Your Colours

Know your Colours | By Artist Ron Gribble
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Know your colours

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.

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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 old friends. In fact, I have taken out three colours, that I found that I was not using.

It only remains now for you to paint with them, over and over till you know them, in every possible combination that you can. Mistakes are your friends. Wasted paint is only wasted when it goes on your painting were you should not have put it. If you throw out 95% of the paint you mix, but manage to mix the colours that you need with the other 5%, YOU HAVE WASTED NOTHING!!

Happy Painting.

Ron Gribble


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