Summer is here and I want my kids outside enjoying the beautiful weather as much as possible! We get snow up to 7 months of the year here in Vermont, so when the sun is shining, I want my kids out of doors. To help entice them to get out and play I like to put together easy projects that we can do together – outdoors + together time = perfection! One of the activities that I’ve put together for them and that they’ve really gotten into is Painting with Spray Bottles. It’s inexpensive and your child can get super creative with their painting. This is a fun technique to try, especially when paired with the tape resist technique.
Liquid Watercolor Paint (or Tempra Paint)
Spray Bottles (mine are 2 oz travel spray bottles that I picked up at Walmart for $1 each)
Washi/Painters TapeWatercolor Paper or Cardstock (white 12×12 scrapbook cardstock works perfectly)
Pour liquid watercolor or tempra paint into a spray bottle. Add water. It should be a 50/50 mixture of water and paint.
Using washi or painters tape, create a design on your paper, only pressing the tape on lightly. You can go as simple or complex as you like – try going abstract, creating shapes, letters and numbers!
Once you’re tape is in place, use an easel or find a surface and tape your paper to it (the background WILL get paint on it). You could also lay it on the ground, though that makes for less exciting drips.
Staying about 6″ away from the paper, begin to spray. Kids may get a little spray happy, just remind them not to soak the paper too thoroughly as this can cause removing the tape to be a little bit trickier.
Another idea: Cut shapes out of paper and place them on top of the canvas. Spray the paint, remove the stencil and check out your creation!
Note: Watercolor and tempra paints are both washable with just a bit of soap and water.
Now head outside and get painting!
I stopped by WCAX this morning and shared this fun activity, you can check out the segment below:
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