Sunday, April 22, 2012

Batik painting for kids

As an Art Teacher, who is conscious of using materials that are non-toxic (especially having a young child and all the hipe of OH&S these days in schools) I am always looking for clever ways of doing 'traditional' art techniques that are accessible to students and young kids.

I came across a very child friendly version ok Batik painting. Batik painting is a traditional Asian art form of painting fabric. Traditionally, the fabric has melted wax pored onto the fabric in a controlled design. Left to dry and then dyed (like tie-dying). 

A great alternative for children (as melting hot wax is not an option) is to use fabric wash out glue.

Difficulty: Easy (Parent help required for iron).

Stage 1
1. Pre-wash calico or similar cotton light coloured fabric (Pre-washing helps the paint soak in as the siezing in unwashed fabric acts like a resist).
2. Iron flat.
3. Draw design with pecil or tailors chalk on fabric
4. Use an applicator to apply fabric glue to create a straight line (apply think. If glue retracts and leaves gaps in the line, go back over the line).
5. Leave to dry completely (overnight).

Stage 2
6. Dilute acrylic paint so it is a watery consistency but still holds enough colour to 'dye' the fabric. (30:70% paint to water ratio should be enough).
7. Paint on using a soft brush. Make sure to have a piece of plastic or tablecloth under the fabric as the dye will seep through
8. Allow to dry completely -dry flat or hang on the line

Stage 3
9. Wash out the fabric using cold water first to allow excess dye to rinse out. Followed by warm water to wash out the glue. Use a clean scrubbing brush/paintbrush or your nail to help lift out the glue.
10. Allow to dry and iron flat. Project completed. Sew the edges and use however you like e.g. library bag, pillowcase etc.

Finished Batik Painting

Chalk Art

Well not quite an 'art' but fun chalk drawings anyhow. With my 2 year old who loves all things drawing I like to mix it up a little -sometimes crayons, pencils, pens and of course chalk on the conrete. So one time when the cat was laying next to us while we drew I decided to draw around his silhouette...

Chalk Art Idea # 1 -Crime scenes!
 This is a fun things to do with young kids. Good for gross motor skills, and fun for sibblings.

Chalk Art Idea # 2 -Random designs
I just make some big drawings to engage bub in. I got her to lay down in the BIG foot print -Big Foot!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Australian Decorative Painting & Fine Art Magazine (Vol 19 No 9)

Hey guys,

For the third time I am in the Australian Decorative Painting & Fine Art Magazine (Vol 19 No 9)!!!!

Check out the pages on my website here

This artwork was painted for a Commission, so the article has some info about doing a commission painitng.

Sneek peak at my painting demonstration: "Nesting"


Thursday, April 19, 2012

How do you sell you art? Commerical, public or private.

What category are you in terms of your employee status or entrapreneurship when it comes to selling your art work? In my opinion artists may fall into any if the 3 categories and possibly cross over:
1. Commerical - established
2. Public - emerging
3. Private - professional

If you are a commerical seller you have your work in a gallery (on commission) - like a retail art shop.
If you are a public seller you rely on your personal marketing and promotions of you art either through self funded exhibitions, your website, as a workshop teacher,  entering competitions etc.
If you are a private seller, you most likely have a personal contact list of previous clients who approach you for commissions and sales directly through you (wholesale). 

In my opinion your employee status is reflective on where you are at in you art career. That is not to say this is the same for everyone, but could be used as a way to gage your career status -where you're at for funding purposes for example.

Do you think there are other categories? Are you in agreeance with my theory. What's your opinion?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Simple painting ideas for toddlers

I have found when I do painting with my 2 year old, that see gets more bore easier when she is just painting on paper. So I started drawing images with a thick texta on the paper, then she has a focus - 'to colour in between the lines'. So still has a short attention spand, but she is more engaged this way.

Here are some examples. (Ps Who cares if you can't draw, they can't either, so look for some colouring pages then).