Compost Kids

We are delighted to share with you a guest blog from our friends at Compost Kids. They will be blogging each month; sharing creative ideas with you all to try with the children and also news of events they have been involved in and which you can join in with. A big welcome to Compost Kids!

My name is Sam Pooley, I am a mum of two and a student at Birmingham School of Art and I have a business teaching children the wonders of art in the Market Hall Shrewsbury. Each month I will tell you all how you can get creative and what we have been up to.

Art project for this month – Magic Painting

We have been doing lots of ‘magic painting’ while out and about – it’s so easy to do, very therapeutic and it’s not messy! Buy some cheap tissue paper in all the colours you can – the cheaper the better, as it’s the dye that does the magic. Cut the paper into small squares. On some thin white card draw and image and then paint water onto the image and stick on the coloured tissue – use your brush to stick it down rather than your fingers as the ink can stain. Paint a little more water over the top and then build the picture up, leave it to dry and then peel off the tissue. A stunning stained effect is left. These look great as cut outs hung up made into mobiles or why not make a load of birthday cards using this technique. I promise you you’ll want to do it for hours.

Compost Kids has had such a busy start to the summer season – we’ve had fun in the square with the fab crew who run the Shrewsbury Children’s Book Festival. We were at the beautiful iron framed building in Dithrington celebrating another very successful friends of the Flax Mill open day. We made a huge coronet inspired by the one that is on the top of the building built the year of the coronation.  We also had the honour of being at the Kids Zone at the West Mid Show and the pleasure of being at Sure Starts Party in the Park, which was a great day despite the rain!

All this new adventure, spreading the word of creativity and how fun art can be has been such a blast and we have met so many great young artists. Which brings me to our finest hour this year – we had the mad idea of a Shrewsbury Carnival Float inspired by Vivienne Westwood – think three year olds with punk hair and mums in tutus! The float was so fun to put together; we hung children’s wellington boots from the hay bales, made ruffs for the plastic bunny rabbits and 60 tulle pom poms hung from the roof. All the hard work paid off and we won first prize!

If you would like to send in some of your own art work or creative idea for me to feature in this blog please send it to


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