Wherever possible we try to either recycle our art (for example our fairy and dragon wings made from paintings), or use (for example in imaginative play – see our shadow puppet boxes featured here) our constantly growing collection of artwork.

Recently, we tried our hand at creating some floating prints – floating chalk, watercolour and shading powder prints which you can read more about here.

Miss Eight commented that the colours from the chalk prints reminded her of some Pip (Tanya Schultz) and Pop (Nicole Andrijevic) creations. We have been fortunate enough to see two exhibitions by Pip and Pop. Each time we were wide eyed as we took in all of the stunning colours and detail in their amazing installations made from sugar, glitter and everyday objects. You can’t help but smile when you see the wondrous lands and environments they create – full of  dazzling colour and joy.

using art as a canvas for a 3D collage

 Our chalk prints inspired some discussion about Pip and Pop’s art. We looked through a book we bought from their exhibition and then we decided to create some of our own Pip and Pop inspired art using the floating chalk prints as the canvas.

Pip and Pop book

After talking about some of the recurring elements, themes and sources of inspiration we saw in Pip and Pop’s art we were able to channel our inner Pip and Pop and got creating.

Recycling chalk prints - creating Pip and Pop inspired art together

Recycling chalk prints - 3 children creating Pip and Pop inspired art

Recycling chalk prints - creating Pip and Pop inspired art

Without further ado, may I present our creations:

Miss Eight’s finished piece – “Rainbow Islands – the land of unicorns, peace and dance:

Recycling chalk prints - Miss Eight's Pip and Pop inspired creation

Miss Eight secured (with Blu-Tack) some plastic shrubs. Miss Eight said that this was a wishing tree.  Miss Eight’s thinking: you stop by and make a wish. If  the wish will help you make the world a better place then it comes true (love her thinking here). The gold glitter ball (The Golden Island) is the island of peace – everyone helps everyone here.

Recycling chalk prints - shrubs, straws and golden egg

Miss Eight said that she imagined unicorns gathering under the rainbow (made from colourful buttons that were threaded onto a pipecleaner).

Recycling chalk prints - gold ball, rainbow buttons, feathers and glitter  green ball

Miss Eight said that the green glitter ball (which is an island)  is surrounded by a rainbow stream (represented by the beads). On top of the glitter green island is a magical flower which produces all sorts of music for all of the land. Different seasons have different music. Miss Eight  explained to me that musicians, artists and creative people  gather here to share their talents and teach others. What a magical island this would be!

Recycling chalk prints - green glitter ball

Master Sevens creation – “Beach Days”:

Recycling chalk prints - Pip and Pop inspired creation by Master Seven

Master Seven said that the feathers are a type of tree at his beach and the peach bead ball is a sandy mountain that people can visit to collect the special “sand”. The “sand” is a medicine that can fix all sorts of diseases.

Recycling chalk prints - feathers and peach bead ball

Master Seven told me that the “blue swirl” is a wishing place.

Recycling chalk prints - blue pipe cleaner swirl

Master Seven coloured the mountains sparkly red . He commented that this colour would attract colourful birds and amazing animals!

Recycling chalk prints - red glitter balls

Miss Five (with help) created “Rainbow Fairy, Mermaid land”

Recycling chalk prints - collaborative creation led by Miss Five

Miss Five wanted to add the paper umbrellas to her creation because she wanted a shady spot for people to sit and look for mermaids. We brainstormed different ways to try and secure the umbrellas and came up with the idea of inserting the umbrella stick into a stack of buttons. We then used a blob of Blu-Tack to secure the buttons to the canvas.  Miss Five created the glitter balls to be sparkly islands to attract fairies.

Recycling chalk prints - pink umbrella and glitter balls

Miss Five said that “the swirl” is a place for the fairies to come to collect all that  they need to make their fairy clothes. The beads surrounding “the swirl” are special eggs waiting to hatch baby fairies (Miss Five was so excited talking about these ideas)!

Recycling chalk prints - green swirl

It is amazing to think that the floating chalk prints triggered a memory about an art exhibition we all enjoyed and inspired these imaginative creations.