One of my favourite book illustrators Barbara Reid also inspired this Playdough Painting class for children. Why not play dough I thought. Here's the result of a short session with mushy playdough. Even the mum's and dad's had a go. I kept the playdough in an uneven marbly state which added a rather nice subtle effect to the paintings.
Step 1: Recipe for Playdough Paintings
2 cups plain flour
2 cups water
1 tbl tartaric acid (kills bacteria and adds bounce)
2 tsp teatree oil / orange oil
1/2 cup salt
(For mushy playdough added 1/2 cup of water extra)
Step 2: Mixing and Colouring Playdough
Cook at medium heat until mixture forms a ball. If too sticky, keep on cooking, it should take around 10 minutes to reach a good state - usually having a springy texture. Let cool a few minutes on a plate. While still warm, don a pair of gloves and knead thoroughly.
For colouring your playdough, add small drops off food colouring with satay stick and knead thoroughly.
Step 3: Plan your picture
Roughly sketch your image or decide what colours you want to use. Make the primary colours - both cool and warm versions of each to create 1000 colours.
I used food colouring to colour the playdough as I find the colours are rich and blend quickly compared to using acrylic paints.
Rather than thoroughly kneading to blend colours evenly I kept the playdough in an uneven marbly state which added a rather nice subtle effect to the playdough paintings.