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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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.
Instead of brushes we used sea sponges and I just ripped them in half so I only had to purchase a few.
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.
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Canvas (36″ x 36″)
Acrylic Paint (8 oz. tubes are a good size)
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.