This Mixed Media art project was created by experimenting with paint on paper and playing with mixed materials. We think the results are beautiful but the process was the most valuable part of the whole project.
I have been enjoying a young friend’s joy of painting. This girl just loves any project involving colors. But when she paints, the activity is not very interactive and there are no real skills being practiced, so my challenge was to come up with a way to honor her enjoyment of coloring while building in skills.
- Paint brush or paint sponge
- Heavy duty paper
- Canvas (optional)
First, she painted a canvas. I used a canvas only because it can take a lot of paint and can be reused. We talked about the colors and she had fun applying paint. A lot of paint.
Then, we took another piece of paper and pressed it on top of the canvas. She seemed to enjoy the feel of mushing the paint underneath the paper and it ended up making a cool marbleized effect.
While the paint was drying on the pressed papers we went out to the garden. We looked at the flowers and I pointed out the different shaped blossoms. While we were taking our time making observations in the garden we collected some sticks.
We were ready to finish the mixed media art project. She chose one of her pressed papers to use as a background and glued the sticks that she had collected onto the background.
(Warning sticks require a lot of glue and we use our “Kindergarten Art Press” when we glue. The Kindergarten Art Press is when the child presses down on the object to make sure it adheres to the paper while we count to 10. We had fun making silly faces at each other while we counted.)
Then, she cut out different shapes for flowers from the other pressed paint papers and glued them on to the sticks and a garden was created! We really enjoyed making our Mixed Media art project and we hope you do, too!
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