Aboriginal Dot Painting

I homeschool my children and we have been having a wonderful time virtually visiting Australia for the past two weeks. 
It's hard to visit Australia and not come across the stunning Indigenous Australian art
If you do a Google search for it
you'll find the most amazing images!
We decided to give it a try with tempera paint and cotton swabs
I Googled templates for the animals we wanted to use
a lizard
a kangaroo
(not pictured)
and printed them out
and we started painting our dots!
C started out painting dots but quickly lost interest
she did, however,
enjoy using the cotton swab like a paint brush
When the animals were dry I cut them out and pasted them to a thicker piece of paper
just for a little more depth and texture difference
C discovered that if she twirls the cotton swab
it'll create neat little squiggles
I did get her to put a few dots on her painting!
C's finished product

Momma's finished product
Little A tried to convince me to let them do some Aboriginal body painting
she got a bath instead! 

 Have you done any indigenous art?


  1. How cool! Your painting is great! And painting the body looks like fun, too.

  2. Beautiful pictures, the colours are gorgeous!

  3. Thanks everyone! We really had a good time learning about this amazing type of artwork

  4. I have never done this, but I love the idea and can't wait to try it with my girls.
    Vicky @ www.messforless.net

  5. This looks like it was so much fun! I think my daughter would absolutely love painting with a cotton swab. I never let her near those things in the bathroom! Thanks for sharing :-)


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