Creating this outdoor playground mural was a challenge and required a huge learning curve. To make a collaged picture using painted sheets of newspaper, that could withstand extreme weather conditions. For the mural to survive a substantial period of time without quickly fading or decaying, I had the idea to build a picture that was made up of collaged paper characters created by all of the children from the school and myself. So the first step was to paint lots of sheets of newspaper with acrylic paints.
A helpful book.
The technique is very similar to how the famous artist Henri Matisse created his work. This book is really helpful and nicely presented.
I painted local newspapers with acrylic paints allowing some of the words and images to show through in order to ensure the piece would firmly be planted in its locality.
I used five pieces of marine ply which must be primed with aluminiun wood primer first both sides and all edges. Then put a base coat of white primer on top of that.This has to be done really well to protect from the outdoor elements
I collected all of the children's work and took it back to my studio. I started to create the 'big picture'. Quite a daunting task. I did a loose sketch and then stared to temporarily tape elements in place.
Creating more 'products' from the 'waste' material. Whilst learning about reducing ,reusing and recycling.
Save all the scraps of painted newspaper and cut it up into colour groups.Store in containers. This can then be used to mosaic larger areas. It is a really nice job for children,they love to look for the different shades of similar colours and using snippy scissors to cut it into tiny pieces. The inportant action of sorting and storing. You can also teach the importance of not wasting materials and recycling.