Posted by Laura at 5:44 PM
The other day I pulled out some crayola brand acrylic paint and nice acrylic paper for some simple art time. I have done acrylic paint in the past with my other children and not had as much fun as we did this last time. Usually I dump a little paint onto a paper plate, use some printer paper, and let them try. This time I used a painting pallet, acrylic paint for kids, and nicer paper.
A painting pallet can be purchased at any art store. There are many different types and sizes. I have lots of them, but the one I used with my daughter was probably the smallest type and about a dollar in price. It is a nice way to keep your colors, mix colors, and keep everything neat and tidy.
Acrylic paint dries really fast and is permanent. It is a harder medium to paint with than watercolor because once the color is put down it is set. You cannot lift the color with water. Most the time young kids like my daughter don't feel the need to have to lift their paint, but it is permanent on clothing as well. Using a crayola washable acrylic is a bit different. It actually did lift a little. It says it is washable and I found it came off of the table we were panting on. It also did not dry as fast as regular acrylic paint so we didn't have to re-wet the paint on the pallet. However it did dry rather rapidly once she was finished with her paintings and we laid them out to dry.
Acrylic paper can be bought at art or craft stores. It can range in price from very expensive to relatively cheep. I purchased a book of 400 series paper. The thicker paper is much better for holding paint. I remember with my other children having the paint and water make the paper wet and since it was copy paper it would soon have holes in the paper. Paint just works better on the better paper. I find even with little artists it is nice to use something better than copy or construction paper.
This was definitely a fun activity for my three year old. She enjoyed using the paint and painted for about an hour. I sat down and painted with her on my own paper. I find when I do this my children focus as long on their painting as I do on mine. I filled my entire paper with color and so did she. I am almost certain that if I had not sat and painted an entire picture that she would have stopped sooner. She filled her paper and gave lots of attention to her "mountain with green people on top" painting.
What are your tips for painting with acrylics with children? Have you tried it? If not I challenge you to let your child enjoy this medium this week.
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Are you tired of the winter weather? We sure are. I call these kind of grey winter ugly days, GAK days. A GAK day is a day where you just need something to mix and mold and play with to get your mind off the fact that we are only halfway through winter.
To make Gak you need:
8 oz bottle of elmers glue
1/3 teas of borax (found in the laundry section of your grocery)
Mix 8 oz elmers glue with 8 oz water. Then in a separate bowl mix 1/3 teas borax into a half a cup of water (add food coloring to this if you want). When that is all mixed poor the borax concoction with the elmers glue concoction and keep mixing. You have to get your hands into it at this point and mix and mix. If it is too slimy keep mixing and mixing and eventually it gets better.
Then just give the concoction to your child and let them go to town. You can give them tools to look at and see what they do. You can also provide some markers (that will get ruined sometimes by writing on the gak.) Just sit back and see what they do. If you show them how to play with it you take away the fun.
Remember the last time we did Gak? She was so little. It was the best way to learn to use those scissors however! Made me miss the art blog so I may be back.
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Spin Art is super fun. It is amazing to watch. It actually is hard to tell what is going on while it is spinning.
It looks like it is making circles, but in the end it isn't just circles. Taking fast shots with my camera, with flash on was especially fun because it caused our eyes to actually see the work as it spun (try it!-- super cool.)
|This is the same picture as above only taken with a faster speed.|
Don't have a Spinner ? Still want to do some spin art? That doesn't have to be a problem.
Check out these different ways to do spin art with things you most likely have in your home:
from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
from Putti Prapancha
Lazy Susan Spin Art
Lazy Susan Spin Art
from Time For Play
from Teach Preschool
from Let Kids Create
Want to make it more artful? Want to do something with the loads of spin art paper you now have after trying all those ideas.
Check out these different ways to display, use, or put a spin on the spin art:
from Hands on As we Grow
from Putti Prapancha guest posting on Red Ted Art
from The Artful Child
from The Chocolate Muffin Tree
From Tot School
From Artful Parent
From No Time For Flashcards
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