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Mark making on a ‘roll’ by Guest Blogger Rachel Stein

Mark making on a ‘roll’ by Guest Blogger Rachel Stein

This week's blog comes courtesy of our Woodford and Chigwell franchisee: Rachel Stein.
Mark making on a ‘roll’
We love painting and getting crafty in our house. Painting for us never just involves paper, paints and brushes; we believe that you can paint with pretty much any material and medium (we have even been know to paint with forks and cake batter!)
So we decided to find different items found around the house to paint with. After a successful hunt, we collected a variety of different textures, including: cling film, bubble wrap, elastic bands, foam shapes and a rolling pin.
We chose ‘Halloween-y’ colours to paint with, to get into the October mood and get our ‘spook’ on; orange, black, purple and green.
 
Black ‘bubble-wrap’ polka dots
We started by covering the rolling pin with paper, to protect it from getting stained, and secured it with tape. We then wrapped the rolling pin with bubble wrap, bubble side up, and secured with double sided tape.
Next, we painted the bubble wrap with black paint. You could roll the bubble wrap in the paint to coat it, but we decided to use a paint brush so that we could get a good coverage.
Once fully coated in paint, we rolled the bubble-wrap/ rolling-pin straight onto coloured paper. It was so much fun to see the pattern emerge beneath the roller, and great hand/ eye co-ordination practise.
We made polka dots over and over, and couldn’t wait to see what other patterns we could create.
    Orange ‘cling-film’ tree bark
We repeated the process above to create a tree-bark effect. Again, we protected the rolling pin with paper, and then wrapped it in cling film, and bunched it up to create a rougher texture.
Be careful not to add too much paint onto the cling film, otherwise you lose the texture. But as shown in the images, as the paint thins out, it creates a lovely tree-bark effect. So much collage potential!!!
      
Purple ‘Elastic band’ winter forest
Next, we gave the elastic bands a good stretch, and roughly tied them around the protected rolling pin. Then we got messy with our favourite colour…PURPLE!
I would recommend only adding paint onto the elastic bands, rather than painting the whole rolling pin. That way, you can create a sharper, crisper looking texture.
I just love the spook potential created here; it looks like spindly trees in a winter forest.
Green ‘foam-shapes’ footprints
Lastly, we used foam hand and foot prints, and stuck them directly onto the paper covered rolling pin using double side tape (but glue would work fine too).
We applied paint directly onto each foam shape, and rolled away. Once each print dries, you can outline the shapes with a black marker to make them really pop, and add details to create some real master pieces!
 I’m sure there’s a whole world of textures to explore with this painting technique, and with so many ways to get creative; the possibilities are endless!
Have fun and get rolling.
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