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NAIDOC Week

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Aboriginal Inspired Painting Techniques

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Have fun experimenting with some Aboriginal painting techniques! Using sticks, leaves, pods, shells, nuts, flowers and even your hands, create a masterpiece that is ready to hang! Are you ready to get a bit messy? We found Aboriginal Art Online to be fantastic inspiration! 

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  • Step 1Decide whether you would like to leave your canvas board white otherwise paint a light and natural coloured background using a paintbrush, or your hands if you’re brave enough!
  • Step 2Place a cardboard hand or cardboard Australian animal onto the dry background and spray with one or two watercolour sprays. Remove the hand shape and allow to dry.
  • For our hand artwork we used brown and red sprays and then moved the hand to another part of the background and sprayed it again with orange.
  • Step 4Begin adding texture to your background by placing paint onto various natural products and then stamping them onto your artwork. Accentuate your hand silhouette by dotting around the edge using black paint and a piece of driftwood.
  • You may also like to add some Aboriginal symbols and fingerprints!
  • Step 6Complete your artwork by rubbing some black paint around the edges and corners of the canvas board with your fingers.

Materials used in this activity

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Australian Pod Mix
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CleverPatch Triangular Maxi Permanent Markers - Black
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