Mixed Media Art Project; Combining Natural and Recycled Materials with Process Art

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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. We had fun collecting nature items and recycling old art projects to make this nature inspired process art activity. Part of the magic of this activity was watching flowers bloom out of a bunch of random items that we collected. The creativity of children always astounds and inspires us.

Mixed Media Art Project; Combine Nature and Process Art. Art activities help develop skills and are an important part of early childhood education.

Mixed Media Art Project; Combining Natural and Recycled Materials with Process Art

Mixed Media Art Project

Make art projects more meaningful by adding in skills and experiences!

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. So we took some of those well-loved abstract art paintings, cut them up and added some natural materials to do some mixed media art projects together.

Materials for a Mixed media Art Project:

  • Paint
  • Paint brush or paint sponge
  • Recycled Art Projects
  • Heavy duty paper
  • Canvas (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sticks

Mixed Media Painting Fun

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.

Mixed Media Art Project Instructions

Go out to the garden and observe a natural environment.

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.

By this time, the canvas and painted papers were dry enough and we were ready to finish the mixed media art project. She chose one of her pressed papers to use for the flowers. She cut them out into leaf and flower shapes. We 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.)

Create a Garden on a Canvas!

Then, she chose one of her pressed papers to use for the flowers. She cut them out into leaf and flower shapes and glued them onto the sticks and a garden was created!

If you have visited our website before you will know that we often combine nature and art. We combined weaving and flowers with our Nature Weaving Project and another time we focused on sensory fun with our Sensory Autumn Art Project. We found a way to build in vision skills with our Nature Mandala activity and had fun with number correspondence while making art out of rocks and leaves. All of these activities have the beauty of nature, spending time together, and building skills wrapped up in fantastic fun creating art.

We really enjoyed making our Mixed Media art project and we hope you do, too!

 

 

 

 

 

25 Comments


  1. What a beautiful and fun project. I’m going to do this with my daughter this week. I can’t wait!

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  2. Your blog is something I will love to follow, it has great projects with nature in mind,Glad to have found you.
    Maria

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  3. What a wonderful project. I love how you used the popsicle stick. Thanks so much for linking up at Craft Therapy Thursday at P.S. I Love You Crafts. The new link up for this week has been posted. I hope you will join me again!

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    1. Thank you for hosting Craft Therapy Thursday at P.S. I Love You Crafts. We will stop by again.

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  4. Love both the process and the finished piece! Thanks for linking this to the Virtual Fridge!

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    1. thanks, Kym, for hosting the Virtual Fridge!

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    1. We would love to see a picture of your finished product!

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    1. Thanks, we love playing with sticks.

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    1. The “Kindergarten Press” is a fun way to get the kids to slow down and count.

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  5. Inspiring as always. A beautiful craft! Getting them outside to appreciate some nature too. Love how this turned out!!

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    1. Thanks, I always feel lucky when I can spend some time outside with children.

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  6. Beautiful! And a great way to use up other odds and ends from other projects.

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    1. Yes, we have many art papers that can be re-used for other projects.

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    1. Isn’t it fun to explore the outdoors?

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