Kids art :: painting on texture

Remember the kids art idea we tried last week, exploring texture? Here’s what happened when we added painting on top – lovely sensory, textured experiments!

kids art paintingKids art :: painting on texture

The surface of our boards was made up of a collage of recycled materials, in all sorts of textured finishes. (See how we made them here)

exploring texture

Once the glue had dried, we decided to come back and use our collages for more art, this time by adding paint on top.

kids paintingSome people wanted a rainbow of colours…

kids art

some people chose shades of similar colours.

kids painting on texture Everyone discovered that adding the paint on top of the textured surface was fun! There was lots to explore as the lines, bumps and feel of the different materials took the paint differently. We could:

:: paint along the top or right inside the grooves

:: use a paint brush lightly over the surface to only paint the material on top

:: use a tooth brush on the sandpaper, to really feel the grainy texture

:: poke the end of a paint brush into the polystyrene, and then use the brush end to fill in with colour

:: paint each surface a different colour, or use one colour over them all

painting on texture

Lovely relaxing and interesting experiments – really great for wind-down times, or for transitions. (Rather than saying no to a messy activity like painting right before bedtime, I find it’s a perfect way for the children to say goodbye to a busy day and turn into night-time mode.)

kids art painting

And here are some finished pieces. Same concept, similar process, totally different products at the end.

painting on texture

Have you ever tried this painting idea with your children? What textured materials did you use?

More kids art ideas

For painting ideas that are a little bit different, see what you can make with no paint brushes allowed.

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  1. says

    What a wonderful project! I’m loving projects that keep on going for a few steps- you could probably make a few monoprints off of these, too, after painting.

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