Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pour and Flow Painting

Having 7 weeks off from teaching tempted me to fill up my days with woodwork and remodeling, but I decided that I needed to make spending time with my daughter my number one priority for the summer. So, I signed my 4-year-old up for a Vacation Bible School program called "Summer Adventure" for the first 3 weeks of break, which I thankfully get to attend with her. I scheduled creative play time with her at least twice a week after her school activities. Our first 30 minute painting session resulted in an easy and messy marble-effect piece:

Using a 1/4" piece of plywood leftover from building our kitchen cabinets, we literally poured two colors of paint on the board and tried to help navigate the flow of the paint to cover as much of the board as we could.

I talked to my daughter about "flow," that liquids, like paint, flow because they don't have their own shape. We talked about how the paint flows down. We changed the orientation of the board to change the direction of the downward drip. Eventually, the paint starting to mix and fold together to create these sections:

We poured more paint of both colors, in different sections of the board and tilted the paint in every direction my 4-year old could imagine. Once the board was full of paint flowing off the sides, I suspended the board over a sink to catch the last drips in an effort to cover as much of the board as possible. Here's what we ended up with:

After a busy and tiring day, this 30 minute messy project was just what we needed to segue into nap time. :)

Next week, we may be able to invite some friends to join in on more abstract art fun.


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    1. It was fun for us, but also very messy. :) I've basically resigned myself to having a painted wardrobe.

  2. Very creative and pretty! I hope you frame it and put it on display! :)

    1. Thank you, Joanne. :) I'm thinking about making a "summer fun" gallery wall in our stairwell. We're working on a new art piece today, too. =D Hope you're doing well!

  3. What a super fun project. Love it. Love the gallery wall idea. It's extra special when it has home made art :)

    1. Thank you so much, Katja! I will be looking at your galleries for inspiration when the time comes for me to mount what my daughter has made this summer. =D


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