Art Experiment | Glue Art on Paper

GLUE ART ON PAPER

Glue Art on Paper is a process-based art activity that will lead to surprising discoveries and build creative confidence in kids.

If you’re finding yourself here, chances are that you have a young child and/or see the benefits of experimenting with art materials. Process-based art is a meaningful way for young children to grow as makers and for adults to take an well-needed art break that’s good for the soul.

There are so many benefits to playing and experimenting with art supplies — for both kids and adults:

  1. It’s relaxing
  2. Taking time to create can be meditative
  3. New discoveries come through experiments
  4. It builds confidence and knowledge of tools and materials

This project can be done with children as young as three.

Supplies

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GLUE EXPERIMENT ON PAPER

GLUE PAINT ON PAPER

The Set-up

  1. Squeeze liquid watercolors into your ice cube tray or separate bowls. We used 4 colors. A variety of colors is useful for this project as it encourages color experiments.
  2. You can use one pipette or different pipettes for each color. We chose to used two. This led to colors mixing, which we didn’t mind.
  3. Set up one sheet of watercolor paper, glue bottle, pipette (on top of the ice cube tray), and a skewer.
  4. Squeeze glue circles onto the paper.
  5. With the pipette, squeeze a few drops of liquid watercolor on the glue circles
  6. Invite your child move the paint through the glue in whatever way he or she likes.
  7. Older children can practice fine motor skills by squeezing their own glue and drops of liquid watercolors on the glue.

Take it further

Once you have this preliminary test under your belt, ask yourself or your child, “what else can we do with these materials?” Be open to new experiments and ideas. You may be surprised where it takes you. Some ideas:

  1. Add small pieces of paper to make collages.
  2. Press stickers onto paper and make glue designs on top of them. Will you be able to see the stickers when the glue dries?
  3. Play with glue and watercolors on top of wax paper. When it dries, can you peel the designs off the paper?

For more activities like this, along with tools for setting up a home space that supports creative growth, the The Art Habit is designed just for you.

Abstract Art | My Kid Could Paint That!

Abstract Art My kid could paint that

Today I’m joined by my friend, Lynda Nicolay and her adorable, artsy son Grayson. This is the first article in the “My Kid Could Paint That!” series, inspired by this crafty duo. Lynda is going to show us how she set Grayson up with a canvas and some simple materials to make an abstract canvas that looks incredible in their new home.

I love Lynda’s creative use of a recycled apple container, her tip for finding inexpensive art supplies, and how brave she is to set this up over carpet. Friends, it can be done!

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Here’s Lynda…


Abstract Art Sponge Painting

So this painting was done by my 5 year old.  It was super easy and fairly inexpensive.  Michaels always has sales so we picked up what would have been a 100.00 canvas for 35.00.  Acrylics were also on sale so in this case I picked out the color palette since I knew I was going to hang it up in a specific area.

We used the plastic containers that Costco uses to sell apples.  I always save those for a variety of things, but this was great for paint.

plastic apple container store ornaments

Instead of brushes we used sea sponges and I just ripped them in half so I only had to purchase a few.

sea sponge painting

I started squeezing a color into each compartment, but Grayson decided to mix and I really think thats how the painting came out so interested.  He would make different mixes and just went to town.

child sponge painting

children art abstract painting

child painting abstract canvas     

I would say he worked on this and finished it in a few hours.
I love it because he can just splash paint wherever, and it looks good.  He would even go over areas that were already painted to add more texture.
As you can see it started out as dots and then turned into something completely different.

Supplies

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Canvas (36″ x 36″)

Acrylic Paint (8 oz. tubes are a good size)

Sea Sponges

Canvas Drop Cloth


Lynda NicolayAbout Lynda

I’ve had a passion for the arts and for image making starting in my teens.  I was a dancer throughout high school until I was about 21.  I then spent the next 6 years studying film, specifically Cinematography and Photography at Columbia College in Chicago and then at The American Film institute in Los Angeles.

After my education I worked in the film industry for several years in the camera department and would spend my summers or off time in Rockport Maine teaching lighting/camera and general filmmaking at The Workshops.

In 2011 my husband Matt and I had our son Grayson who is now  5.  We currently live in Johns Creek, GA.  Grayson also loves to tinker and create so we are always trolling Pinterest or TinkerLab for some interesting ideas.

Spring Activities for Kids

I’ve mined the TinkerLab archives for some of our very favorite spring activities for kids. These projects, crafts, and activities will help get children outside and into the fresh air, while celebrating the earth through a variety of lenses.

Enjoy!

So many great ideas! Spring activities for kids.

Indoor (or outdoor) Crafts

Outdoor Games

Get outside! Spring Activities for Kids.

Outdoor Arts and Crafts

Garden

 

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

-Margaret Mead

I love this quote, don’t you? It reminds me of the old tale about how you can lead a horse to water but you can’t teach it to drink. Today I’m sharing a short roundup of some of my favorite TinkerLab posts that talk about how we can encourage children to think for themselves, follow their own interests, and explore the ideas that inspire their curiosities.

Enjoy!

Rachelle

Eight Ways to Follow a Child’s Curiosities

Four Easy Steps to Follow a Child’s Interests

Documenting your child’s passions

How to be the “Guide on the Side”

Parents Reflect on What Art Education Means to Them

Powdered Milk Paint Recipe for Kids

Powdered Milk Paint Recipe | TinkerLab

Homemade paints are awesome and this Powdered Milk Paint Recipe is gorgeous for kid-made paintings. 

Why you’ll love it:

The paint is easy to make, teaches children to be resourceful makers, the consistency is similar to tempera paint, and it’s inexpensive. 

Homemade milk paint with powdered milk | TinkerLab

Ingredients: Powdered Milk Paint Recipe

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How to make dry milk paint | TinkerLab

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl

Add food coloring or liquid watercolors until you have the right intensity

Paint!

The paint’s consistency is similar to tempera paint. Use it on card stock paper or cardboard for the best results.

I’ve had people ask me if there’s a milky smell to this paint, but that hasn’t been my experience. And once the paint dries you can’t smell it at all.

 Make your own milk paint with kids | TinkerLab

Shelf Life

Cover and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

 

How to make your own powdered milk paint | TinkerLab

More Homemade Paint Recipes

Puffy Sparkle Paint: Made from salt, flour, and water. My most popular paint recipe.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Paint: This sticky paint dries with a beautiful sheen.

Invisible Ink: Made from citrus juice, use this with little detectives.

Bubble Paint: A mixture of dish soap, water, and tempera paint, blow bubbles directly into the paint and then make gorgeous prints.

Finger Paint: A simple recipe of flour and water, heated over the stove, this goopy paint feels great on the hands.

Egg Tempera Paint: This very easy paint, made from egg yolks, dries with a beautiful sheen and can teach kids about how Renaissance artists painted.

Microwave Puffy Paint: Squeeze this paint onto paper and then pop the artwork in the microwave for a puffy result.

Pin it!

Make your own paint with powdered milk and water | TinkerLab

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments for Christmas

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments for Christmas | TinkerLab

Your child can make these easy pipe cleaner ornaments for Christmas.

You can either set this project up for your child or class, or gather a set of supplies to create an easy homemade crafting kit like this for DIY Pipe Cleaner Ornaments.

You only need two supplies: pipe cleaners and beads with holes that are large enough to slip onto the pipe cleaner. These are easy enough for toddlers and are wonderful for building skills of hand-eye coordination, fine motor, and pattern recognition.

Supplies: Pipe Cleaner Bead Ornaments

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Directions

  • Choose a pipe cleaner
  • Sting the beads onto the pipe cleaner until it’s roughly 1/3 full of beads
  • Move all the beads to the middle of the pipe cleaner
  • Create a circle of beads
  • Twist the pipe cleaner to secure the top of the circle
  • Make a hook
  • Hang it on your tree

 

chenille stem ornament kids

Ages: Toddler+

Skills: Hand-eye coordination, Pattern Recognition, Fine Motor

More Holiday Crafts for Kids

How to make a paper starfelt ornaments with sequins 2

Salt Dough Recipe | TinkerLab

Kids Crafts Ideas: Hand stitched fabric ornament with Kids

 

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How to Make a Paper Garland without Sewing

how to make paper garland without sewing

Today I have a wonderful project for you: How to make a paper garland without sewing.

It’s simple. Inexpensive. Easy. And virtually mess-free.

I’ve had a love affair with gigantic paper punchers ever since my children were introduced them in preschool. Tiny hole punchers are wonderful (and I’ll share my very favorite for young children in a sec), but these mega punchers can make big 2″ circles and they’re easy enough for little hands to use.

This colorful provocation is easy to set up, the mess is minimal, and, in usual TinkerLab style, it’s open-ended and the result will all depend on the child’s imagination.

Let’s get started..

Supplies

Large Paper Punch: Fiskars. My favorite!

Small Hole Punch:My kids are endlessly frustrated by the traditional punchers and this style is easy for small children to use.

Stickers

String

Paper Scissors

There are many ways to set this up. I have a growing collection of containers so I’ll show you a couple ideas.

Set it up in a caddy:

circle garland supplies

Or maybe in a shallow tray:

circle garland supplies

How to Make a Paper Garland without Sewing

Once your supplies are out, invite your child to make a garland. You can add some scissors to the setup. When I set this up for a large crowd last week, one boy turned a circle into a PacMan shape. One child made a garland to decorate his sister’s room and another turned her’s into a necklace.

So many possibilities!

When you’re done, hang your no-sew garland. Or wrap a gift with it. Or wear it as jewelry. Or…

circle garland with stickers

homemade paper necklace

make a paper garland no sew

Fiskars Round Large Punch – on sale for $9.99

fiskars large hole punch

See all of our recommended resources here.

TinkerLab Resource Guide

 

 

Art Makers this Weekend at Cubberley

This Saturday I’m co-hosting a free, drop-in session of Art Makers. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, please stop by between 2 and 4 pm for fun, experimental art making. All ages welcome.

We will explore the theme of Art Critters. If you can’t attend, you can make the Art Critter project shared in the image below from the comfort of your own home.art makers drop in art making with TinkerLab

I’m a member of Cubberley Artists, located in the old Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, CA. Cubberley has since been converted into community spaces such as nursery schools, dance studios, language schools, and art studios. Find me on this map.