The summer holidays are the ideal time to take your crafting outdoors and painting is the ideal technique (as long as the weather stays nice!). Painting projects are perfect for children of all ages and abilities, as well as larger groups if you’re running a summer school or workshop.
Finger painting in particular is popular with a lot of children, but there are other ways to get interesting effects with paint that older children might enjoy too. Many households have old pencils and pens lying around, and these can be saved from the dustbin and put to good use as painting tools.
We’ve been experimenting with rubber-topped pencils dipped in ready mix paint and printed onto canvas to create striking pictures. For this project you’ll need a blank mini canvas, some old rubber-topped pencils and ready mixed paints.
Take a plain piece of paper or card, or a blank mini canvas and draw a picture, initial or shape in faint pencil. Next, simply pick your colours and pour them out into a palette or paint pot. Using a pencil for each colour, dip the rubber-topped end into the paint and onto the blank canvas, into the desired area. Keep dotting paint onto the canvas, loading on more paint as required and overlapping the ‘dots’ to create a messy, spotty effect. Continue until you’ve covered the desired amount of canvas, then move on to the next area and colour.
You can use this technique to decorate notebooks or exercise books, customise bunting, paper lanterns, paint stones and much more. Why not experiment with your group and see what you come up with?