8.29.2011

Painting Their Way: Inkblot in two ways



So I really want my kids to express themselves and have their art work be about their creativity not what I want them to do.  So, our painting day turned a little different every step of the way.

paints provided for us by Craft Projects.  Their products are found in all Walmarts.
I asked Ally what she wanted to paint with as I was taking out the paints and paintbrushes given to us by Craft Projects.  She declared she wanted to use straws.  I thought she was talking about cut straws like we have done before, but she had a different idea.  


I admit, I was a little nervous to have her suck paint up the straw, but she was very careful and only put a little paint in.  I don't recommend this to do with young children.  I was simply letting her take the lead.


Splat Splat Splat.  It was a nice effect! only very little paint came out each time.  Medicine droppers probably get the job done a bit better.



 She only worked on one side of the paper and I knew exactly why.  We recently took a book out at the library called "Inkblot" by Margaret Peot.  It is a really cool book exploring all the ways to use inkblots in your creative art.  Ally had been looking at this book for well over a month and had yet to do any inkblots.
 

Ally's first inkblot!  Super colorful
 James didn't want to paint.  He is on a really big lego kick lately and didn't feel like joining us, but once he came in and saw us working he wanted in!

James' first inkblot!
 I had to get in on the fun, but I wasn't so into using the straws.  I tried my hand at just squeezing the paint.  I also folded my paper a little different.


My first inkblot (as an adult!)
 We did lots and lots of work.  Each piece is so unique and fun.  This is a super easy and fun way to explore art with your kids.

12 comments:

  1. what fun! i loved these when i was younger! i would've never thought of the straw technique though... may have to try that when bear gets a bit bigger.

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  2. Oh that looks like fun- I'm going to try this with my monkeys.

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  3. I love inkblot art! We did this during our butterfly unit (incorporating symmetry) and they turned out so lovely! I need to do it again just for fun & will have to check out that book!

    hope to see you share this on the Sunday Showcase - so fun!!

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  5. So much fun! I love her straw idea and how you recommended the medicine dropper instead; that works for me! My son would love that effect but I can't trust that he wouldn't slurp up the paint with a straw, so thank you for suggesting a different method. Can't wait to try this with him! :)

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  6. Oh, I love inkblots! These look great and using the straw was a great idea too :)

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  7. Me too, I also like the straw idea, very artistic! I need some artwork in my dining room and just might have to give this a try. You just gave us something to do when it is cold or rainy outside and we can’t go out.

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  8. LOVE this! So much fun! My kids are definitely too young to try sucking paint up into a straw, but I want to try inkblotting with them!

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  9. just wanted to thank you for linking this up. i'm featuring it at my party tomorrow! <3 andie

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