The Step by Step Stages of our Aboriginal Hand Stencil Painting
To help you understand the technique used for our painting, we have deconstructed its development in the form of a slide show. Once you see a step by step analysis of how the image was constructed, it may provide you with a model that you can adapt for your own ideas.
(Click on the play buttons or swipe back and forward to explore each stage of our design.)
The step by step stages of the design:
- Draw the outline of a hand in white chalk or pencil on a black sheet of card.
- Frame it with a double circle.
- Add waterway channels to each corner of the image.
- Break up the background into different patches of terrain.
- Paint in the background with ochre colors ranging from light to dark.
- Dot in the background with mid-tones.
- Dot in the waterhole and waterways with concentric circles and parallel waves (1).
- Dot in the waterhole and waterways with concentric circles and parallel waves (2)
- Outline the hand, waterhole and waterways with white dots.
- Paint in symbols of people around the camp in black.
- Highlight the symbols of people with bright dots.
- Add concentric circles of white dots to the hand, linking it symbolically to the camp.
Many of the topics in our Aboriginal Art pages are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. For each of these we have created a step by step slide show to enhance your understanding of the technique and inspire new ideas of your own.