If you are a Teacher or Organiser, you'll find the list of example ideas and techniques to help stimulate imagination and creativity very useful.
In general, we suggest using lots of strong colour and painting the background wherever possible to make great looking calendars and cards. Good luck and best wishes for your fundraising event!
Christmas Card Ideas
Christmas Cutouts Media: Felt-tip/Texta pen, coloured paper & paint Technique: Presents and christmas tree drawn with markers and decorated with coloured dots, cut out and pasted on paper.
Christmas Shapes Media: Crayon, paint & geometric shaped sponges Technique: Christmas tree and presents created using paint dipped geometric shaped sponges stamped onto paper.
Handprint Christmas Tree Media: Paint, dye & hands Technique: Background paper dyed, hand prints arranged in the form of a Christmas tree, coloured dots to decorate.
Hand & Foot Print Reindeer Media: Paint, coloured paper, black marker, foot & hands Technique: Trace foot onto coloured paper and cut out to make head, handprints to form antlers, face details drawn on with paint and marker.
General Art Ideas
Handprint Flowers Media: Paint & hands Technique: Fingers and palms applied with different coloured paint, pressed onto paper, green stems painted on.
Colourful Buildings Media: Dye, paint, black marker, coloured card/ paper & crayons Technique: Different sheets of paper painted with mixed colours, and other sheets marked with crayons roughly and washed over with dye for texture - cut sheets into shapes for roofs, windows, doors, etc., then pasted onto background sheet of coloured card, buildings traced with black marker to add detail.
Sunflowers Media: Black markers & paint. Technique: Black marker traced over painting, background painted
Poem & Footprint Media: Paint, copier/printer, stickers, hands or feet Technique: Poem cut out and glued onto paper (or copied straight onto paper using photocopier), hand or footprints placed either beside or either side of poem.
Monochrome Butterflies Media: Paint & paper Technique: Background painted with different shades. Other paper sheets similarly painted and then cut into butterfly shapes (can use stencils to help with shapes), cutout shapes layered on background from dark to light.
Under the Sea Media: Crayons, paint & paper Technique: Seaweed and ocean floor drawn with crayons, then paper dyed with blue to make ocean, fish and sea creatures drawn on separate paper then cut out and glued on.
Scaly Rainbow Fish Media: Coloured paper/card & paint Technique: Backgound painted blue, fish outline drawn or stencilled as a guide, different coloured paper/card cut up and layered as scales and air bubbles.
Aliens Media: Crayon, paper, bottle tops, marker pen, paint & dye Technique: Semi- circle planet and space painted onto paper, white paint applied to bottle tops and stamped onto planet background for craters, white paint dots to make stars. Alien characters drawn with crayon and marker pen on separate paper, then ink-dyed, cut out and pasted on
Fish & Flora Media: Crayon & dye Technique: Fish drawn with crayon, varying colours of dye applied to paper to produce a vibrant stained effect.
Dotty Dog Media:Crayon & paint Technique: Crayon applied to background roughly, washed over with diluted paint or dye, dog or cat drawn on separate paper with crayon in simple, playful style, then cut out and stuck on.
Dot Art Media: Paint & dye Technique: Background dyed, decorative arrangement made using colourful dots of paint in shapes of animals or flowing lines.
Family Portrait Media: Crayon, paper & paint Technique: Backgound dyed to form grass and sky, drawings of family members cut out and pasted on.
Handprints & Stamps Media: Paint, sponge & hands Technique: Paint applied to hands and sponge, pressed onto paper.
Paper Butterfly Media: Coloured paper/card, paint & marker pens Technique: Strips of coloured card glued onto paper to make striped background, coloured paper cut out and pieced together to make butterfly wings and body.
Hens Media: Feathers, markers, dye & paint Technique: Background dyed to make grass and sky, drawings of birds cut out and pasted onto painted background, feathers glued on.
Sibling Portrait Media: Felt pen & dye Technique: Line drawing coloured in with ink or dye.
Flowers Media: Crayon & dye Technique: Flower shapes drawn on paper with crayon, then washed over with dye, cut out and pasted onto paper, stems painted on with green dye.
Handprint Bird Media: Paint, sponge & hands Technique: Body, head and beak painted on, handprints added as wings, green paint sponged on for foliage.
Farmyard Animals Media: Dye, paint & black marker Technique: Background dyed to form paddock and sky, drawings of farm animals cut out and pasted on.
Smiley Friends Media: Black marker & dye Technique: Characters drawn with black marker, coloured in with dye, then cut out and pasted onto painted background.
Fern Leaf Stencil Media: Paint, fern leaf and mesh or fabric Technique: Background paper applied with paint (e.g. green paint) and leaf placed on top, mesh or fabric applied with paint (e.g. blue paint) and pressed firmly onto background paper while all still wet. Fabric & leaf then removed (finished artwork has impressions of leaf and fabric only, no actual plant matter or cloth).
Paper Collage Night Sky Media: Paper, dye & paint Technique: Two colours of dye mixed on background paper for sky, dyed paper cut into shapes for hills, houses, stars and trees, etc. and pasted onto background in a layer by layer order, dotted with paint and scrapbook embellishments to decorate.
Paper Collage Sunrise Media: Paper, dye & paint Technique: Two colours of dye mixed on background paper for sky, dyed paper cut up into shapes for hills, sun, etc. and pasted onto background in a layer by layer order, dotted with paint and scrapbook embellishments to decorate.
Islands in the Sea Media: Paper, something to scrape with, sponge & paint Technique: Background paper sponged with paint to form sky, separate paper painted and scraped while still wet to create texture, once dry cut up into shapes of waves, sun, island, trees and creatures.
House of Fabric Media: Cotton wool, felt, tissue paper, paint & fabric Technique: Paint background, variety of material (all thin and soft) cut up and glued on.
Sea Ship Media: Paint, paper & crayon Technique: Paint applied roughly to background paper for stormy sky, painted paper torn up and glued onto background paper for ocean waves, ship hull, masts, sails coloured and cut from separate sheet of paper and assembled on background paper piece by piece.
Insects on Leaves Media: Paint & Crayon Technique: Background paper roughly textured with paint and crayon, leaf cut outs pasted on background paper, dots of paint for insects and detail.
Self-portrait Media: Magazine clippings, paint, dye and black marker Technique: Mix of drawing, painting and magazine clippings arranged onto dyed background.
Beach Huts Media: Coloured paper or card, felt-tip pens Technique: Coloured paper cut out into shapes of sand dunes, water and huts, pasted on a background sheet of coloured card. Coloured card cut into strips and doors and pasted on to add detail.
Martian in the News Media: Newspaper, paint & marker Technique: Line drawing coloured in with paint, torn pieces of newspaper pasted onto border, outlined with marker.
Recycled Landscape Media: Magazine pages Technique: Torn pieces of magazine pages glued onto paper in a pictorial arrangement.
Rabbit Collage Media: Recycled magazine pages, colour pencils, marker & printer Technique: Magazine clippings pasted onto photocopied shape of animal, cut around outline and pasted onto coloured background paper, traced over with marker, playful text printed and pasted onto image.
Paper Dinosaur Media: Dye & paint Technique: Sky and land painted onto background paper with dye, separate paper painted and scraped while still wet to create texture, once dry cut up into shapes of plants, sun, volcanoes and dinosaur to be pasted onto background paper.
Handprint Butterfly (1) Media: Paint & marker Technique: Body drawn with marker pen, hands painted with different colours and pressed onto paper form wings.
Handprint Butterfly (2) Media: Crayon & dye Technique: Body drawn with crayon, hands traced around very lightly with pencil and coloured with crayon to form wings, washed over with dye.
Handprint Fish Media: Paint, paper & marker Technique: Background sea and seaweed painted, handprints applied to make fish, facial details and air bubbles cut from separate paper.
IMPORTANT: All media used with children should of course be age appropriate and non-toxic.