Here is a list of the materials we used for this project:
* white card stock
* Apple Barrel Acrylic craft paint (4 colors- yellow, orange, bright green and cobalt blue)
* Blue Painters Tape
* 20 or so Q-Tip Swabs
* Paper plate to use as a paint palette
First, I taped a plan piece of white card stock to a paper grocery bag but cardboard or poster board would even work better. I just wanted a surface bigger than the 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock in case my little artist got carried away in his painting exuberance. With preschoolers you can never take enough precautions. Note that my little art student is wearing one of grandmas very bright orange t-shirt to protect his clothing and keep grandma out of hot water with mommy.
Using the painters tape I also formed a large letter "N" in the center of the page. I did use some scissors to straighten up the three sides of the letter and to make them even.
Our pallet was a sturdy paper plate in which I poured out a small amount of each of the colors of paint. We made our Q-Tip brush by grouping together about 10 or so Q-Tips in a bundle and with another piece of painters tape I secured them together. With two bundles we were then able to apply all four colors because we were able to use both ends of the Q-Tip swabs.
With very little intervention on my part, My grandson was able to dip his Q-Tip brushes in the paint and cover all of the white areas of the paper with a fun dabbing motion. Once the paint dried I removed the tape to reveal a very nice piece of art that could be framed or hung for his room. With it being of his initial it really makes a timeless piece that he can appreciate for years to come.
One problem I did encounter during this project was that the tape seemed to want to tear the paper a bit. I thought I wouldn't have this problem using the blue painters tape but I did. I think that to improve on this project, next time I will use small stretched canvases. I think that a canvas will give the piece a more art quality and less likely to get torn. I can also apply a coat of varnish and a hanging wire so that they are ready for mom or dad to hang.
I actually am anticipating a visit here real soon with my 4 year old granddaughter and can't wait to include her in our painting fun. My plan is to do a repeat of this project with both of them together. I'm certain that there will be more blogging about that in the near future.
|My main objective was to keep his sleeves out of the wet paint|
|He is having so much fun covering all the white area with the colorful paint|