Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Koala and Kangaroo Collages

The people and animals of Australia are in our thoughts and prayers right now during the horrible fires. Sometimes creating art is a nice way for children to work through their feelings and at the same time honor these beautiful animals. Here are some ways to use your gel plates to create koala or kangaroo collages. 

 8x10 Koala Gelli Print Collage

For the Koalas
 1. Add gray paint to your Gelli Plate
2. Create texture with an old toothbrush (tissue paper or cotton balls)
3. Make a print using 8x10 paper or card stock

Create a simple template using cardstock or posterboard and cut out
Trace template on the textured gray paper and cut out koalas

Background Print

 1. Spread green paint on your gel plate for the trees
2. Make a print
3.Spread a background color and lay down a few flattened branches
4. Make a print using the same green paper

             Add some details to your cut koalas using black and white pens
Glue them to your background print

Here are some steps if you have a small gel press to create
small artworks or cards

1.Repeat the steps above to create a gray textured print using a piece of
paper cut or folded to the size of your plate (5"x5")
2. Spread a background color on your plate and place your koala template
to create a mask.
3. Make a print using the same gray paper. 
4.Now you can add details to your koala using white and black pens or paint.
5. You can add extra details to the background using paint, pens or markers

5"x5" artwork

Here is another idea to create a kangaroo collage
using an 8x10 or larger plate
 1. Spread out a few colors on your plate using your brayer
2. Make a print
3. Create a print using a few different shades of brown paint
(this print was leftover from my fish bowl project that I used for rocks)
4. Draw a simple kangaroo shape. I looked at black silhouettes and illustrations.
5. Add some details using fine black marker. I used a white pastel to a few areas as well
6. Cut out and glue to your background. You can add some extra details to your piece
(I created some kangaroo silhouettes, stars and plants in the foreground)

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