Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How to Make a Rachel Whiteread Inspired Olympic Poster/Painting

I've started getting all geeked out over the olympics.  I seriously love watching all the athletes and hearing all their stories.  It's so inspiring to see how they got to where they are today.  Olympic athletes are a special group of people that take dedication to a whole new level.  I just can't help by be awed by them.

In honor of the olympics starting on Friday, I thought the kids and I could make some Olympic crafts.  I went on Pinterest and really wasn't crazy about anything that I found so I decided to do an Google search.  I googled Olympic art and came across this poster by Rachel Whiteread.


You know what I thought right?  The kids and I could totally make that.  Also... why can't I ever think of something this simple and awesome?  I loved the look of this and thought even far after the Olympics it would be great playroom art.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Blank Canvas (or whatever you'd like to paint on).  I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 for both.  
  • Paint in Olympic ring colors (Green, Blue, Red, Yellow and Black) 
  • Paper Plates 
  • Cups or other circle template (cookie cutter or anything with a circle rim) 

Pour a generous portion of each of your paint colors  onto paper plates.

Dip the rim of your cup (or other circle source) into the paint and lightly press onto the canvas and lift immediately up.

Don't worry at all if the paint is dripping or smears a little.  It only adds to the appeal and character of the piece (in my opinion anyway).  As you can see, this was easy enough that my kids could do it all by themselves.  I was there to remind them to try not to put too many of one color side by side.

 I think they did a really great job and the whole thing probably took less than five minutes.

In fact, it was so much fun we decided we couldn't do just one.  So we made a second.

I think they turned out totally cute and like I said, they might be Olympic themed, but they don't HAVE to be.  I think I'll hang them in the playroom after we enjoy them in the living room during the Olympics.

Stay tuned because there may be more Olympic crafts coming up.

What Olympic crafts have you made?  Will you be watching?  


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