Monday, July 15, 2013

Resist Painting

Candle Wax resist painting
Age: 3+
Difficulty: Easy

Resist painting is where a waxy medium (usually candle wax) is used to draw an image onto paper and then a colour wash is applied over the top. The drawing will appear invisible until the picture is revealed by using watercolour washes over the paper. The element of 'magic' can be a fun thing for little ones to experience -to reveal their painting!

Now I have tried a few different mediums to see which provides the best result. Funnily enough, it turned out to be a white crayon. The candle wax I used in the Turtle imaged worked well with going over the drawing a few times to build up enough of a layer of wax to resist or repel the water. So a waxier candle (probably a more expensive one as there would be less filler?). I also tried oil pastel but this smudged a bit.

A watercolour brush would be best to use, not a hard hogs hair bristle brush. White paper is fine, however thicker card would work well too. The paints are just Mont Marte Tempera Block Set watercolour paints.

Missy 3.5yr old's abstract resists painting

Pre-drawn image using white crayon
Pre-drawn image using wax candle
Another way of doing a resist painting for older kids would be to use Masking liquid or fluid. Used by Watercolourists, it is a yellowy tacky medium which gets painted on using an old brush. Once it is dried, the colour wash is applied. Once the painting is dried, the Making liquid is then rubbed off with the finger to reveal the white parts of the canvas or paper.

This idea of resist painting can also lead the way for introducing batik painting. Where areas of fabric are kept from being dyed (like tie dying) as traditional Batik uses wax on the fabric, soaked in dye. Once the dyed fabric is dry, the wax is washed out with warm water the real raw areas of the fabric.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Write a Simple Business Plan for Artists

Got a business idea but not sure about going ahead with it and making it a reality? Writing a business plan will really get you thinking about all you need to know and consider. Business knowledge is a must for any artist wishing to turn their practice into a thriving success. Starting with off with simple business knowledge such as how to write a tax invoice or receipt for a sale of artwork, how to write a contract for consignment for artwork to be displayed or how to write a contract to commission artwork are all important basic business documents any artist should have.  

So you are thinking about getting serious? You want to make art your full time job or sell products of your art? Maybe you want to deliver workshops or art parties, start a gallery...whatever is your artistic venture, you need to write down your ideas and consider all aspects before taking such a financial risk, especially if you are putting your own or borrowed money into your business. 

Things you needs to consider are defining what is the business, what is your product or service, who is your target market, where are you located, how will you market your business, who is your competition, what makes you different or unique, what will be the start up costs etc.

  • Research your business ideas over time
  • Research your identified competitors -Look to those who have 'been there done that'
  • Don't try to complete the document in a day
  • When you have considered all the subheadings...take the business plan further and get more details. Look into more legal, financial and administrative aspects of your business plan.

The Australian Government website has a very comprehensive resource template you can download and it breaks the sections up into more detail. Visit the page here.

Helpful websites:
Arts Law Centre of Australia
Youth Arts Queensland -Factsheets
Arts Queensland -Business Plan
ArtsLink -ArtsYakka resource
National Association of Visual Arts -Publications

Monday, July 1, 2013

Painting 3D Objects

Painted piggy bank -3d painting activity
Missy was given a ceramic piggy bank to paint when she was 3...6months later we have finally gotten round to painting it. As she was painting this small 3-dimensional object, I found it to be an enlightening moment of how different and important learning to paint a sculptural object is for expanding on children's cognitive development. 

Children are faced with all new problems to solve when painting a 3-dimensional object, not only is the hand-eye coordination something which needs their attention, it is the ability to hold and paint the object (or move and rotate the object) that is something the child would need to think about. The child is presented with the idea of form, and presented with the task of decision-making - what colour is to be painted on what surface plane. Does the colour wrap around the form, for example, the leg of the pig? 

This is something I will look at doing again with Missy, not just as an activity to do which was a present, but from the valuable learning experience I have found in this art activity. It would be a great challenge for those early identified 'gifted' children too or just something different from painting 2D.