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NAIDOC Week

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Inspired Hand (Damara) Art

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  • Step 1Prepare your work area. There will be some over spray from the spray bottles so remember to put out your splash mats and aprons.
  • Step 2Prepare your materials and make sure you have paint, scissors and glue on hand.
  • Step 3We recommend you prepare your paint by pouring a small amount into craft bowls.
  • Step 4Cut a 21cm square from black cover paper, to save some time you could also use matt paper squares.
  • Step 5Sketch out your design onto a piece of paper before you start to decorate your square of black paper. Once you have a design, transfer it lightly onto your square of black paper using a pencil. This is not essential, but helps with planning your design.
  • Step 6Gently dab your cotton filter into the white paint and then directly onto the black cover paper to create patterns using circles, spirals, and dots. This will provide a good base for your coloured paint. Allow to dry.
  • Step 7Gently dab red, orange, brown and yellow paint over the white areas you dabbed earlier. Allow to dry.
  • Step 8Mix white paint with a small amount of water in a spray bottle. Spray onto your artwork. Allow to dry.
  • Step 9Using a fine paint brush create patterns using dots onto a hand shape. Allow to dry.
  • Step 10Glue your hand shape in the centre of the black square. Allow to dry.

Materials used in this activity

Matt Paper Squares - Black
Optional
Product Code: 10058 Pack of 250
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Cotton Filters
Optional
Product Code: 10217 Pack of 100
EACH $15.39 (inc GST) $13.99 (ex GST)
6 or more $10.77 (inc GST) $9.79 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue
Optional
Product Code: 10364 250ml
EACH $5.49 (inc GST) $4.99 (ex GST)
36 or more $3.29 (inc GST) $2.99 (ex GST)          
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Craft Bowls - Coloured
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Product Code: 10717 Pack of 4
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4 or more $3.84 (inc GST) $3.49 (ex GST)          
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Student Scissors
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Product Code: 10897 Pack of 20
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Product Code: 11929 Pack of 6
EACH $15.39 (inc GST) $13.99 (ex GST)
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Cardboard Hands - Brown
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Product Code: 14034 Pack of 50
EACH $21.99 (inc GST) $19.99 (ex GST)
10 or more $16.49 (inc GST) $14.99 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Junior Artist Paint - 500ml
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Product Code: 15800 Set of 11 colours
EACH $90.63 (inc GST) $82.39 (ex GST)
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CleverPatch Cover Paper - Black - A4
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Product Code: 16140 Pack of 250
EACH $15.39 (inc GST) $13.99 (ex GST)
8 or more $11.54 (inc GST) $10.49 (ex GST)          
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Product Code: 17263 Pack of 30
EACH $38.49 (inc GST) $34.99 (ex GST)
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