When my children were younger, they so enjoyed the delightful plasticine pictures which filled Barbara Reid’s books. There were no words, only images which inspired all sorts of stories on their end, and gave their imaginations a great workout. This project involves having kids make their own plasticine art, which will provide them with plenty of fun and creative opportunities.
- base for plasticine eg. plexiglass, wood, illustration board
- tools to create textures eg. toothpicks, Play-Doh stamps
- pencil and paper
1. Find a suitable surface to make your plasticine picture on. I used plexiglass, but wood or illustration board can work equally well. If using plexiglass, you’ll need a special plastic cutting tool, ruler and cutting mat, to cut it to the size you want.
Use pencil and paper to sketch out ideas and create your composition.
2. Decide on your background colours, and apply those first by pressing the plasticine down in a thin layer.
3. All sorts of things can be used to create textures, including Play-Doh stamps, which can easily be pressed into the plasticine.
4. Add plasticine on top of your base, and once your picture’s finished, combine it with some great storytelling!