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Australian Style Cache

Australian Style Cache

The art of Australian aborigines enchants by the exuberance of colors and the formation of figures by points. Next, learn how to do works inspired by the Australian style, but adding personal touches. Thanks to dimensional ink, this technique is not very complicated, it just takes time and patience.


  • Cachepô or pot of ceramics
  • White acrylic base or latex paint PVA
  • Acrilex color ink in white, red, light blue, orange, yellow, copper, brown, purple, light green and pink
  • Acrylic paint in Brilliant Black and Cobalt Blue
  • Flat Tiger Brushes n° 184/14 and 816/8
  • Sheet of paper for molds
  • Scissors
  • Black pencil
  • White chalk or pencil
  • Coins of various sizes

Painting and Drawing Drawings in the Vase


Paint the entire vase with the white base.

It looks a little strange, since it will be painted black, but without the ceramic base it "sucks" the paint, giving it an opaque appearance.


With the pencil, make winding lines, dividing the vase into areas of various sizes.

black areas

Mix some overseas blue (less than half a teaspoon) with the black paint and paint the bounded areas.

To paint these areas, use the larger brush, but close to the lines, use the smaller brush.


Paint the lines with turquoise blue mixed with white. Then surround the edges with the same blue, but not mix.

Making Circles and Creating the Dots


With coins, draw circles of various sizes around the cache.

Preferably, make them in the corners, leaving the center for the animal figures. Also make semicircles together to the blue areas and the edge of the vessel.


Make small dots with the dimensional ink, on the drawn circle.

red circle

Within the first circle, make another, in a contrasting color.

Always alternating between light and dark colors, make smaller circles, one inside the other, until you completely fill the figure.

Print the molds of the animals on an A4 size sheet. click on the mold design to download the image.

Copy them on another sheet with light table or carbon paper and trim; so if you lose or tear the molds, you do not have to print them again.

File Download

Click here to open the PDF file. Save it to your computer and print the images.





Choose one of the critters (in this example, the kangaroo), position in the center of one of the areas and scratch around with the white pencil.

Outline of Drawings


Contour the drawing with the dimensional ink, just as you did with the circles.

The way to fill it, however, is a bit different.

ready mind

Embellish the kangaroo inside with dashes and dots, but without filling it entirely.

Once it has dried, you can also decorate other parts of this area with colored circles and lines in dimensional ink, but try to preserve part of the black.

After you finish a figure, let it dry before working elsewhere, or work so that it does not touch the drawings you made first.

The damp dimensional ink easily blurs, dismantling the dots and ruining all the work.

If that happens, the way is to let it dry a bit, tear off the spoiled part and paint it in black again.

More Examples

lizard ready

Here is another example of this part of the technique...

tortoise ready

But of course, if you prefer, you can also fill the animals entirely with dots, as you did with the circles. What makes this work interesting is precisely to make the figures one different from the others.

beak bird

The bird is a little more complicated. First, scratch two curved lines with yellow dimensional ink.

bird head

Make the area near the eyes with white paint.

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Then go around with a darker line and make a new series of lines.

bird ready

Make the bird's body also with lines, separating them with some lighter points.


Fill the smaller areas of the vase with colored dots to form drawings.

Australians use not only circles and animals, but also stylized flowers and arrow-shaped figures, among others.

filled areas

Use preferably light colors for the background points.

If you choose a dark color, such as navy blue, mix with dots of white paint to soften it.

blue trim

To contrast with the ornate black areas, the blue lines did not receive embellishments.

But, being a little bigger than the others, this one received a nice exception.

Now it's your turn!

cachepo ready

In addition to kangaroos, Australian aborigines use many reptiles (crocodiles, lizards, etc.) and fish, as well as warriors.But you can try other animals and figures of your choice. Just use good taste and creativity.

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