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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Instant Art for Kids and Adult Kids

I went down to Granville Island to drop off a painting for my upcoming exhibit at the Federation of Canadian Artists yesterday and happened to walk by a small gallery on the island that looked interesting. I remembered the space had been empty for some time and was told by the residing artist that in fact she had 'taken the space on' for only two months to share art with the community.

Her name is Jeanne Krabbendam and she also is a member of the FCA and teaches at Emily Carr, check out her website at http://www.jeannekrabbendam.com/home.html She had easel's set up for anyone, including kids to use free of charge and at their leisure. As I had the kids and husband in tow I was a little reluctant to let the kids slap on the paint as they can be 'a little' messy when they get going. So Jeanne showed me this cool trick for transferring images and making 'instant art'.

Take a photocopy of an image that you like and cover it with masking tape. Rub all of the air bubble out and smooth it out as much as possible with your finger nail pressing firmly. Then drop the taped paper into warm water and wait a few minutes. Take the paper out and rub the paper off the tape and voila, you have an imprint of the image on your tape. I don't know who was more excited, me or the kids! Jeanne then explained that you can also use acrylic medium the same way and put the images on just about anything, tile, wood, paper etc. Aha the possibilities are endless...

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