Dandelion Breeze – Put Back One Day

Tuesday 21st April

In Your Own Home Via Facebook Live

Dandelion Breeze; in Your Own Home

Life, as we know, is a bit difficult at the moment with the lockdown and that means that the normal Paint Nights have gone by the board. But, all is not lost. Get your children together with their paints, brushes and what ever they want to paint on. Put them in some old clothes, put them in front of their iPhone, iPad or computer and they can follow me as I show them how to paint Dandelion Breeze on Tuesday 21st April from 2.00 pm via Facebook Live. It is amazing what you can do with some paint and brushes.

Download: Download the picture and tracing. dandelion-breeze-trace-file

You can paint this lovely bright painting in any colour that you like, you can probably incorporate your own room colour scheme into the painting. Maybe you could use the wall colour as a background, or one of the colours in the tree itself.

This event is free of charge for children of any age between 9 months and 90 years.

It doesn’t matter in the least if you haven’t picked up a paint brush for years, because you will walk away with your own unique piece of artwork. I will take you, step-by-step, through the process of turning your blank surface into your own special masterpiece. With a glass in one hand, and a paintbrush (or a cotton bud) in the other, your skills will transfer painlessly to the canvas on your easel. So power up your inner Picasso and come and join us.

Dandelion Breeze – Paint It Your Way

We’re only going to guide you, we’re not going to instruct you. If you want to do it your own way, then feel free – You can interpret our guidance in any way you like. If you want to change the colours to suit your home décor, then feel free to do so. It is great when people do their own thing though, we love it when we learn a new way to do something.

The event starts at 2.00 pm and should take no more than 90 minutes.

Materials and Equipment

Paints

Ideally acrylic paints. Poster paints can be stiffened up stirring in a little PVA glue. Water colours can be used as well and a little PVA might work as well, but I haven’t tried that. If you have food colouring you can mix it with a little flour and water to make a decent paint substitute.

You can use crayons if you like and colour in.

Paint Pallet

You pour your paint out of the bottle and put it onto a flat pallet. Many artists use a paper plate for a pallet as they are cheap and disposable. You could also use a real plate covered with clingfilm. In fact, you could use any form of flat surface as a pallet, you could use a piece of wood or a sheet of plastic or even cardboard. It is wise to cover any flat surface with clingfilm though as it helps with clearing up.

Brushes

You will need paint brushes, ideally of various sizes, to put paint on whatever you use as a canvas. Ideally you will have a big brush of about 15mm wide, a medium size one and a small one. It would be useful as well if you could have a house paint brush about 30mm wide. We don’t just use brushes though, at times we use cotton buds, sponges, crumpled paper and cooking foil.

Something To Paint On

The best thing to paint on is either a proper canvas, or a canvas board. A canvas board is a sheet of hardboard with a canvas sheet glued to it. You don’t actually need a canvas to paint on as acrylic paint will stick to most surfaces.  so you could use cardboard, plastic, the side of a cereal packet, you could even paint on a window if you want to. Some off cuts of hardboard, plywood or MDF would do nicely, but you would need to put 2 or 3 coats of thinned down PVA glue on them first of all, sanding a little between each coat. 

Where to Buy

Probably the best place to buy is from “The Range”, they sell a good range of brand name student quality to professional quality materials at the best prices. You can buy in the shop or online.

You can also buy artist products from “The Works”, though they sell the lower grade of products. Many supermarkets also sell paints and brushes suitable for this type of event.

You Will Need….

Paints

All colours can be made from the three primary colours of of Red, Yellow and Blue, so these three colours would be ideal. You will also need White and Black. Any other colours will be fine.

A Pallet

As mentioned above.

Brushes

Of various sizes.

Cotton buds – are needed. The round end of a few pencils might work though but cotton buds will be the best.

Something To Paint On

You can use almost anything

Other Equipment

Pencils/chalk/sharpies – To do a little bit of drawing

Water cup – to clean brushes

Kitchen Towels – to clean paint of brushes and dry wet brushes.

Tracing paper or, even better, some charcoal.

Preparation Work

It would be worthwhile preparing the back ground colour for your painting early.

Using Facebook Live

Facebook Live will allow me to project a live video of me painting onto your device through the Facebook system. You need to go onto Facebook and like and follow my Facebook “Page Paint Night Party” I will go live about 5 minutes before the events and you will get an announcement on Facebook that tells you I am having a watch party. Click on that announcement and you will be linked through to my camera. You will see me and hear me, and you will be able to send me messages. Have all your equipment ready and we will start at 2.00.

If you have any questions then please contact Russell Collins

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We look forward to meeting you.

Take a look at the other Paint Nights, and Paint Days we have coming up.