Exploring Paint and Textures

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Hello everyone and welcome to the 2016 Paint-A-Thon put on by Emma Owl!


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Exploring Paint and Textures: a Process Art Activity

The other day I saw a video of a man using colored plaster and a spatula to create a magnificent piece of art. I thought that would be fun to try with the kids so I decided to give it a try and see what we could create.

Explore Process Art with Texture Paints; a Sensory Painting Activity

The whole experience turned into a wonderful process art activity. Once again, I was reminded that what kids learn and experience matters more than a specific result.

Materials for Exploring Paint and Textures: a Process Art Activity:

Process Art Paints

Instructions for Exploring Paint and Textures: a Process Art Activity:

  • Set out the materials on a large workspace. Pour the paint into cups or containers.
  • Have the kids add the texture materials to the paint and stir. We also added glue because I had visions of the texture materials not adhering with the paint and making a really huge mess when dried.

Texture Paints for Process Art Activity

  • We started by having the kids use the popsicle sticks to paint with. (I still had dreams of that textured masterpiece the man had made.) Using popsicle sticks to paint with is a great fine motor activity. It works on the pincer grip and proprioceptive skills.

Texture Paints Art Process Activity

  • After painting that way for awhile the kids became more and more intrigued with the paint textures. Soon they couldn’t resist touching and they quickly found that the textured paints were a magnificent sensory play experience. The kids smooshed it, rolled it into balls and used it as finger paints.

Texture Paint Balls

The end result of our Exploring Paint and Textures Process Art Activity was not some masterful painting. The end result was time spent exploring, touching, talking, creating what they wanted, and having fun. I don’t know if the paintings will be hung up on the wall but it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the process and the journey.

Process Art

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  1. wow, my son is absolutely going to love this, trying it over this weekend…was on a lookout for craft work to use his water paints but in an innovative way & this definitely is on the top of the list.


  2. Clever! It is like creating your own paint plaster! We are definitely going to try and make some!


  3. What a great idea! I’d never thought of adding texture to paint, but I think my boys would love it. Can’t wait to try this!


  4. Ooooo this looks like one fun activity! I will have to do this with my daughter!


  5. That is a really great idea! Our kids would love to add texture to paints. I think I will follow your suggestion to add glue also so that the bits in the paint stick.


  6. Wow! This is so much fun:) My kids love painting and this would be such a neat twist.


  7. That really adds an interesting twist to regular painting. I think it would be a great sensory activity for my daughter!


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