Aluminium Canvas!

My budding artist has been doodling and drawing everywhere everyday! She has often requested for blank paper, and she will engage herself for an interrupted hour just engrossed in penning her thoughts into pictures, and even drafting her own storybook with illustrations. Besides running out of spare paper for her indulgent interest, I thought of giving her another medium to work with, and to spark some alternative way of working with other materials.

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I saw this idea online, and thought I should it out with my enthusiastic artist! The steps are pretty easy, and the results stunning!

First, recycle a paper board, and tape a thick string to form lines/compartments on the board. That way, you create a little matrix pattern on it. Make sure to tape them down securely on the back of the board.

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Next, you place the aluminium foil over the patterned board, and press down where the lines are. This will make the dividing lines more visible.

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The last part is the most fun segment for my little one. She could not wait to start doodling and drawing with the permanent pens of different colours. She created circular patterns, and also drew figurines and characters on her ‘storyboard’. She was so captivated by the new experience of using different surface to draw on!

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The end product is really stunning, and the aluminium canvas makes for a wonderful window display for my child’s playroom!

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Painting on Aluminium Foil & Cardboard Box

This week, given its a rainy season and we are kept indoors, we started exploring painting with different mediums and with different materials. First material that got my little preschooler girl curious was playing with aluminium foil. Her initia observation of the foil was that it is shiny and silver in colour. It is also easily manipulated and malleable with the fingers. When I told her that we were going to paint on it, her eyes opened wide with curiosity as she had never tried it before!

Upon using the paint brush to dab some paint on the foil, she quickly took to the painting and started mixing colours on her own and creating a collage of colours across the foil material. She also started using her imagination and drafted different pictures such as rainbow, castle and princess. It became her little canvas for her to create different images of her own imagination!

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Another little art activity we embarked on was painting on the cardboard box with a little sponge roller. It was a great activity to engage my little one while she touched up the dull boxes with strokes of vibrant colours! She insisted she wanted to recycle her new masterpiece into her jewellery box for all her accessories. I was elated that the idea of recycling came from her and it was a great opportunity for her to learn about recycling!

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