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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Paint Like a Child!

Maybe you like the sound of the Portrait Shuffle but are nervous to take part? I'm here to tell you, you can join in, and we would love you to!

Let's take our lead from the children - the portraits by the students from Redeemer Lutheran College, Australia are so inspiring. I don't know about you, but I love to see children drawing and painting. They always create with such abandon, and no limits on their creativity.

So my Portrait Shuffle motto for the day is 'Paint Like a Child!'. Don't feel limited by your perceived ability, you can do this.

Here are some tips to help you, young or old, to get started...

1. If you don't want to dive in with paint, make a simple drawing first. Keep it loose, and rather than using a boring pencil, why not start with colour and use a coloured pencil instead? 

2. Have fun with colour! Your portrait can be as bright and beautiful as you like. Block in some areas of vibrant colour to lose the white of the canvas. If you don't paint too thickly, you'll still see your guideline coloured pencil drawing underneath.

3. Break the rules! Use a range of tools to make marks, using your fingers is a great way to blend colour and make marks.

4. Use a combination of thick paint and thin paint. Here Amelie is using acrylic paints. See how she's used thick paint (hardly any water added) to make the bold brush marks for the eyes. Then look at how she's used a watery wash of blue over the yellow. The watery blue paint sits into the texture of the canvas and the yellow still glows through - yum!

5. Paint more than one! Working on two or more canvasses can be so freeing. We would love for you to paint as many Portrait Shuffle pieces as you can, but if you are limited to just one pack, then why not cut some card or paper the same size so you have a series of pieces to play with? 

Most of all, just enjoy the process. We are so loving receiving your portraits and would like to say a big thank you for taking part.

Love Laura

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