Van Gogh inspired painting, Funky rock painting, Origami Cranes and more with the Young Producers

Date published: 6 Apr 2020

Posted by: Joe Pick

Origami Crane

Week 3 of our Young Producers #IsolationCreations project!

Every day, they’ve been sharing creative activities to do at home on their Instagram account.

They want to provide you with inspiration and motivation; help you look at your surroundings in a new light; and share new skills and techniques.

Here are last week’s challenges, have a go and post the results with the hashtags #youngproducersnottingham and #isolationcreationchallenge.

Van Gogh inspired painting

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Day 13 Isolation creation challenge Vincent Van Gogh Today is the day Van Gogh was born in 1853, he was a post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. Today I was inspired to recreate a painting of his, did you know that there are actually twelve sunflower canvases? I chose this one, I love the colour and shapes. This time lapse video isn’t perfect but I hope you still enjoy it. Maybe in celebration of Van Gogh you want to have a go at creating your own piece of art in his style? Tips: Use thick paper if you don’t have a canvas, the paper I use in this video is 300gsm, specifically designed for acrylic paint. If you’re going to try using his techniques a thick paper is best because you’ll be using thick brushstrokes to achieve the impasto technique. Also, try not fully mixing up your paints before you pick it up with your brush, I found that marbled paints spread onto the canvas in short brush strokes really helped me achieve the effect I was going for. Today is another important person’s birthday too, and we would also like to celebrate Alma! Without Alma The Young Producers would not exist, and we want to let her know that we love her and appreciate everything she does for us and the support she gives us. Sadly due to social distancing and isolation The Young Producers probably wont be meeting up for a while, and we are sorry we can’t help you celebrate today, but we wish you Happy Birthday Alma, from us all! @soulsunart #youngproducersnottingha #isolationcreationchallenge #vangogh #vincentvangogh #timelapse #painting

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Draw your favourite song

Making natural dyes

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Day 15: Creating natural dyes! I wanted to explore how I could make dyes with the food waste in my house. Here I have made a light orange/beige dye with white onion skins and carrot peel. Please note, this is a organic way of dying so colour may vary. For this colour I used the skins of 3 large white onions and peeled one large carrot. You will get a more orange hue the more onion skins you use, I was just using what I had. You will need: White onion skins, as much as you can aquire. Peeled carrots, as much as you can aquire. 1/2 cup of salt (this will help fix your dye to the fabric. 2 large stove pots 1 colander 1 white top. (this has to be a natural fibre as a natural dye will not stick to a synthetic fibre. The top I have used is 100% cotton. You can find the fabric composition on the clothing label). Step 1: Peel all your onion skins, (note: only use the skins, the actual onion will be ineffective and will just make your dye smell of onion!) and peel your whole carrot (both ends of the carrot give a lot of colour, so make sure to include them) Place both in a large stove pot. Step 2: Add a 1/2 cup of salt to the pot and then add a generous amount water (some will evaporate in the process). Step 3: Bring the pot to boil and watch for 15 minutes. After this then put the pot on a low heat and leave to simmer for 2 hours. Step 4: When two hours have passed and you're happy with the colour you can see, take the pot off the heat, and get your other pot and colander. Put the mixture through the colander and into the other pot. This is your dye! Step 5: Wet and wring out your top (the dye sticks more when the fabric is wet) and place into the pot with the dye whilst the dye is still warm. When submerged in the dye, leave for 24 hours. Step 6: When the time has passed and you're happy with how your top has taken to the dye, take your top out of the pot and rinse under a cold tap to get rid of the excess dye. Leave to dry. (if you're hanging your top outside, leave it out of the sun, as this may bleach your dye). If you've decided to give it a go, we'd love to see! Please tag #youngproducersnottingham #homedye #organic #ecofriendly #art #isolation

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Funky rock painting!

Origami Cranes

The art of good food

Decorated plant pots


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