Try Aboriginal Clay Printing – Kids activity craft

Aboriginal Clay PrintingMake an Aboriginal Clay Print and explore the artwork of the Australian Aborigines.

The Australian Aborigines or Indigenous Australians were the original inhabitants of Australia before the British discovered and started to populate the continent.

They have a very distinctive artistic style which often consists of dots and simple hand-drawn shapes and animals. They use natural colours such as browns, yellows, reds and whites.


You will need:

  • Coffee clay (recipe available here)
  • Rolling pin
  • Butter knife
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Baking tray
  • Ball point pen including pen lid.
  • Cooling Rack
  • String

How to make an Aborigine Clay Print…


  • Try to use aboriginal colours rather than bright, unnatural colours for authenticity.
  • When painting the print, try to isolate colours to individual shapes/patterns – as though the paints have made the shapes you have printed.
  • Try using garden twine to tie up the clay print, it looks more rustic than ordinary white string.
  • You don’t have to create a rectangle, you can create any shape you like.
  • All the shapes on the print in the photos were made with the one pen.

Print me – A4 or US Letter

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