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    Contemporary Art Piece

    Today, I want to show you a way to introduce your children to a wider range of possibilities when creating a “painting”. Most people have mixed paint colors together and applied them with a brush. However, very few people have mixed pigment powder and artists' spackle together and applied them with a palette knife.


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    Step 1:

    Layout your table cloth and set out your supplies. You can chose to paint your wood panel with white gesso prior to starting your project if you'd like. Then discuss the color scheme of the painting that they want to do. Try to limit the number of colors for them ahead of time to achieve better results. That way if you have multiple children doing the project, you can set their pigments and oil pastels next to them and put all the other colors away so they focus on their original color scheme.

    Step 2:

    Use a clean palette knife to scoop some of the spackle onto your palette. Then pour a very small amount of the pigment powder onto the spackle and mix it together. You can chose only one color or a combination of colors.

    Step 3:

    Allow them to create! They can use the spackle and palette knife. They can come in later with a paint brush and soften it.

    They can use the oil pastels or gold paint to add accents.

    This project is a lot of fun and introduces them to a whole other side of creating art. Pastel are especially fun to work with on a strong paper. The colors are so vibrant! You can use your thumb on the paper to blend them together. You can build the color up really thick. You can use a highly textured paper for yet another look. The possibilities are endless !

    I really hope you enjoyed this project and that you were able to expand your repertoire of the media available to young artists.. If you'd like a new project idea delivered straight to your inbox every week, please sign up for my newsletter.

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