Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lino Printing with Kids

The printing of lino printing would be another good art technique to try with young children (aged 3 +). I tried it with my 2.5yr old and she is not quite ready yet.

  • Buy a piece of lino (blue one side and green the other) from your local art store. 
  • Buy a lino cutting tool or set
  • Hard or soft roller
  • Brayer or use the back of a spoon
  • Printing ink (works best as it needs to be thick -you could try acrylic if it's thick)
  • Paper or fabric
  • Palette
  • Apron
  • Spatular /Paint scrapper

 1. Choose design and transfer to lino, I outlined mine in nicko -Remember, the carved out lino areas will remain white and the raised lino will be the printed area.

2. Ink up your lino using your hard or soft roller -If you hear the sound of velco and your paint looks like velcro you have it right.

3. Roll ink into lino -get your child to help with this. Do a test on newspaper or cartridge.

4. Get your child to place the paper on top of the lino and smooth over with brayer (alternatively get them to use their palm...this isn't going to be a masterpiece it is all about the interaction).

5. Print as many as you like and try different surfaces e.g. fabric like cotton or calico, print onto a pillow or library bag etc.

6. Here is the finished piece your child has helped with. Get your child to colour in the background with pencils or watercolour pencils or watercolour if on paper.
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Brisbane Art Expo 2012 -Review

A creative enthusists dream hub for inspiration. To see as a collective what Brissie artists are creating -painting. For an art expo 95% of the art was paintings. A mix of oil and acrylic. The trend was medium to large contemporary textured paintigs of semi realistic imagery. There were a mix of genres, not one stood out more from the rest (cityscapes, amimals portraits, whimiscal fantasy etc). The colours were vivid and exaggerated in saturation.

This expo was an affordable art fair. Only a few extra large paintings were over the $1000 mark and small to medium paintings ranged from $200-$500.

Some stalls tried attention grabbing tactics by placing bowls of lollies on their stand. Another had  kiddies corner and others were selling merchandise or products.

The expo was a bit smaller than expected however a good range of exhibits. And the love vintgage show was on too which you had the benefit of seeing too.

The art expo is definately for well defined artists in their practice. It was like having a mini gallery exhibition. And with all the art, those showing bodies of work stood out stronger than random pieces.

(Sorry for the sideways pics -upload from phone)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Australian Art Competitions, Awards & Prizes

I came across this awesome directory of Australian art competitions, awards and prizes created by Art Prizes Australia website. They also have a full calendar to download -never miss a competition again...if only you could be these calendars, I sure would!!!!