So I have been having a massive spring clean – not that anyone would notice, just think: teeny, tiny incremental steps!!! And in my tossing, sifting, sorting I discovered the clipboards. The clipboards that I bought for school – oh about two years ago!!! I thought they would be fun for our rambling art excursions. Not to mention my kids love clipboards – who doesn’t!!! Somehow work on a clipboard feels so important!!! I have to say part of why I put them away and forgot about them was because they were so dull and well uniform imagine a gang of eight all shouting “mine” at once!!! I was trying to think of something fun to do with them and make them unique… I needn’t have wasted my brain power, kids are always full of ideas!!!
Everyone was given their clipboard and the pack of nice new acrylic paints, that we all love so much, was passed around…
There is a little trick to painting with acrylics and small children. If you let them lose with your new paints they might quite quickly look like the “end of the month toothpaste tube,” so we squirt a dab of colour onto scrap paper and a different brush for each colour to keep the colours nice and crisp and distinct. The paint is lovely and creamy to work with. Acrylics take longer to dry than our regular watercolour paints but usually overnight is time enough, even for the most industrious artists.
And another tip, acrylic paints are built to last, so if you are fussy about artistic clothing then have your kids wear old clothes – I’m not, I believe artistic gear shows character!!! The reason I am sharing this is that when the paint is dry it is hard to shift, so as soon as you are finished painting wash your brushes in cold water, otherwise the paint will stick to you brushes for life!!!
A Gallery of Colourful Clipboards
My only regret is I didn’t get one for me… I am sure I would have important work to pop onto a clipboard and I know I would love to paint one!!!
And if you are looking for some truly stunning Clipboard inspiration then look no further than our friends on the far side of the world: Alisa Burke posted her Fabulous Painted Clip Boards Yesterday, take a look you will love them!!!