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HOT: Ink Play, ArtPlay, Melbourne

One of Artplay’s current under 5s workshops is a fantastic one we attended called ‘Ink Play’.

Ink Play invites children to create their own imaginative worlds and characters using simple marbling techniques, ink, stickers and other paraphernalia.

marbling ink

The activity is relatively simple – kids use marbling inks suspended in water to create beautiful colourful backdrops and then overlay the pieces with more ink paintings and drawings of their own design.

marbling ink

The effect is just gorgeous and I think every child enjoys it. I notice that the kids all love using eye droppers to drop ink into the water, watching the colours ripple and fade. Then it is like magic watching those colours transfer onto paper, each swirling and colourful in their unique designs.

marbling ink

Artist Robert Lee Davis has a great rapport with the kids. I think the gentle pace and relatively quiet activity really appeals to Lady AB, who can sometimes become overwhelmed by too much noise and stimulation. She wants to keep making more and more marbled designs so I’m inspired to try this again at home. I think what I’ll do is wait till the weather’s warmer and we can do it outside.

If you want to try this activity at home Robert suggests using Japanese Boku-Undo Suminagashi Marbling Kit which you can buy at most art stores (cheapest I’ve found is eBay). The droppers and palettes you should be able to find in an craft/hobby store or even $2 store.

HOT  Tips:

  • Suitable for children 2-5 years;
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult;
  • If you are bringing more than one child, we recommend that extra adults attend.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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