Hot in the city! Cool yourself down with a magic piece of ice-cream artwork. The fun all starts with making the tools of the trade – painting pops! And then, once you’ve painted watercolour paper with your pops, it’s over to creating a festive feast for the eyes. Draw and cut out a mix of triangles and circles and tape them in ice-cream shapes to artist’s paper with mounting tape. Once set inside a crisp white box frame the results will look totally lickable!
Gather your supplies
• Good-quality watercolour paper
• Ice cube tray
• Paddle Pop sticks
You’ll also need
Liquid watercolour or acrylic paint or food colouring; pencil; scissors; picture-mounting tape; heavy gauge artist’s paper or card in white to fit inside frame; box frame with hanger
Note Always choose non-toxic paints for children’s art projects.
Preparing your painting pops
Step 1 Fill ice cube tray with water, a few millimetres from top. Add several drops of chosen paint or colouring to each individual ice cube and stir well.
Step 2 Place a Paddle Pop stick in each tray hole and carefully place in freezer. Leave until frozen, usually about 2-3 hours or overnight to ensure they’re frozen solid.
Tip If you can’t balance your Paddle Pop sticks in your chosen ice cube tray, snap them down a little shorter and try again.
Creating the artwork
Step 3 On watercolour paper, have your kids use painting pops to colour 1 full side of paper in a spectrum of colours. Let dry.
Step 4 With reverse side of paper facing up, sketch a selection of triangles and circles to create ice-creams. We used 11 triangles (about 10cm long) and a selection of large, medium and small circles (varying from 2-7cm).
Step 5 Cut out shapes with scissors and start to lay them out on a sheet of artist’s paper. You may need to trim a few triangles and circles with scissors to go around perimeter of your artwork.
Step 6 When happy with final layout, use picture-mounting tape to stick ice-cream shapes into place. In places, layer up mounting tape (2-3 strips on top of each other) to achieve a 3D effect.
Step 7 Place finished artwork on backing board of chosen frame. Tape artwork to backing board if necessary. Insert backing board into frame and secure with fasteners at back of frame. Your artwork is ready to hang!