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How to do Black Paper Painting with School Paints

Black Paper Painting with School Paints:

Try painting on black paper instead of a stark white blank page.  

It adds a dramatic mood your painting even before you begin painting any colours on the page.  The black undertone seems to enhance the intensity of the colours.

See the examples below.

You can do the same if you are painting on a canvas by painting the background black. These days there are plenty of brands that have a Black Gesso (primer, sealer and undercoat) available in black

To help use a paint that has strong bright bold and true colours like FAS Super Tempera.  It always helps to use fine art supplies right from the start.

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How to do School Glitter Painting – Using Messy Glitter for art in the classroom.

School Painting – Glitter Paint
Using Messy Glitter for art in the classroom.

Working with Glitter is Messy.

Glitter is Messy, it just is. Any art teacher will tell you that using glitter in the classroom for art projects is a messy nightmare.

Glitter gets everywhere! Once it is on your hands, it’s on your face, it’s in your hair, then door handles, benchtops, chairs and floors.  And don’t get me started on clothing.

So why do we put up with all this mess?  
It’s all about the bling, the sparkle.

Is there a way to use glitter without so much mess?
The simple answer is yes.  It has been around for a long time too.  
Glitter Paint. The glitter particles are held together within a paint and this stops the messy transfer of glitter that is normally left loose to fly around the room.  

Is Glitter applied with a Paste or Glue less messy?
You brush out your paste on the paper then sprinkle glitter onto the wet glue.  This doesn’t work either as glitter still gets everywhere because the glitter is loose…

Children’s liquid Watercolour School Paint – Is it a dye or a paint?

Children’s liquid Watercolour School Paints –
Is it a dye or a paint?

If you look around websites at school paints these days you see Tempera, Poster Paint, Gouache and now in the last 7 years or more there are these watercolours.
Brands like Discount School Supplies “Liquid Watercolor” and Sargent Art “Watercolor Magic” are popping up. What are they?  Are they new?
Is it a Watercolour Paint or a School Dye?

Dyes: Using waterbased dye in the classroom as an educational painting experience has been around for over 40 years in a lot of countries like Australia, England, New Zealand & Singapore.  But it would seem that it is a relatively new thing in USA. This may be why it is considered it as a magic watercolour.
Is it a Paint or a Dye?
Both these brands of watercolour paints are technically dyes and not paints. Liquid Watercolor and Watercolor Magic are vegetable based dyes but they a labelled as a watercolor paints.  This because you can create watercolour effects with these painting dy…

Dish Brush Tree Painting with Free Tree PDF Template

This artwork looks so complicated and detailed but it’s not. It’s so easy to create the detailed leaves with a simple plastic dish brush and to help with the tree; we have a free Tree Outline Template with our printable PDF of this lesson plan.
You will Need:
To print off the Free Tree Template
Paint: Thick quality paint.  SuperTempera or Student Acrylic are both ideal for this.
Old Plastic Dish Brush
Spare sheets of paper for testing.
Shallow paint trays or old plastic container lids.
Paint brushes
Black marker for details.

Let’s Get Started:
Print off the Template of the tree trunk.

Pour a little paint on to your paint tray or plastic container lids.  You will only need a little amount.  If you are painting autumn colours use yellow, orange and deep yellow.  Otherwise use green and leaf green for the tree leaves.
Use a pressing stamping action with the brush to get the leaves effect on the branches of the tree.  Try testing on a spare sheet of paper until you are happy  with the consist…

School Lesson Painting with Dyes and a marker.

Painting with Dyes and a marker.

Other Cool School Painting Projects: 

This is quick, colourful and fun. You can paint simple pictures quickly and you end up with a very bright watercolour effect.  The black marker adds a interesting but detailed effect to the painting.

Download the printerable PDF of this lesson: >>

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

You will need:
: A school water base painting 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…

Free Mixing Paint colours guide with school paints

Mixing paint colours free PDF guide.

Everyone has a favourite colour.  With your imagination, and use of the basic colour theory, colour can be lots of fun.

Learning how two colours make a third new colour is one of the most exciting discoverable things about being creative with paints.

We have made is easy for you with this free colour mixing PDF guide.
It is so easy to use. Just print it add and mix the colours.


Print the PDF in colour.Place a small amount of paint in the colour of each “+” squares and in the “=” squares place the two colours.Have plenty of clean brushes ready.Brush out each “+” square with a clean brush.Mix the square with the two colours to show the colours the two colours together made.

This works well as a group project.  One colour guide per table. 
Use small amounts of paint per square work best.
If you laminate the sheets that can be used over and over again.

Download Here >>

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Tony Parker

Kandinsky Circles Class Art Project:

Kandinsky Circles Class Art Project: With School paints.   - each child paints their own sqaure.

A brilliant school paint project for the whole class to do together.  
Make a huge colourful master painting that will dominate the room for the rest of the year. 

You will need: :Acrylic paints (if you use a canvas)
:Tempera paints (if you use newsprint or cartridge paper)
:Plenty of paint brushes
:Big ruler or measuring tape.
:Huge Canvas / roll of cartridge paper or join sheets of paper with packing tape.

Before we begin.  There are a few ways to do this project. : On a huge canvas (like we did - see picture above). You will need acrylics paints if you do paint on a canvas.
: Paper – you will need to create a huge square by taping paper together.  Tempera poster paints are ideal for this.
Let's get started: 1. Using a ruler and a little maths. Divide the surface into even squares enough so every child has a square each or maybe two squares each.
2 . Appoint a square to each child.
3.Using a range …

Pulled String Pictures with School Paints

Pulled String Pictures with School PaintsThis is great fun.
Kids can make unique works of art by dipping string into paint.

Download the PDF Lesson Plan

You will need
• String
• Paint and paper• Paper plates for paint
• A covered surface

This is a very effective and easy activity. 

1. Lay out a piece of paper and fold it in half, then open it back up laying it open.

2. Arrange the string on one side of the paper.  Then immersed the string in one of the paint colours.

3. With one hand on top of the paper pressing the paper together, pull the string out with the other hand. 

4. Repeat with another colour and a clean piece of string.


: Too many colours of paint seem to look messy. Try two or three bright colours.

: Even an acrylic works well

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Tony Parker