Drip and Blow Painting

This idea came about because I had to find a way of simplifying the blossom picture project I suggested in this blog a few weeks ago. For toddler group there is only an hour and quarter for art and craft and sometimes the children don’t do the activity until the end of the session. This means there isn’t enough time for the paint to dry then do collage as well. Also, the children don’t necessarily come every week so spreading the project over several weeks wouldn’t work either.

So, simplifying the project to just drip and blow painting was the solution I came up with.

Art Materials and Equipment

The great thing about this project is you don’t need a lot of stuff. All you require is:

Ready mixed paint in a selection of colours watered down 1:1 with water

Paint Pots

Sugar Paper in a variety of colours

Aprons (it’s messy)

Splash mat if you don’t want paint on your table.

Encourage the Children to Choose

I try to encourage the children to choose the colour of paper they are going to make their picture on. Some children have a very clear idea of the colour they want to use, others aren’t fussed.

The same goes for the paint. Some children want a specific colour, others will go with whatever is put in front of them. So, I tend to go with the flow of the child and not force anything. However, selecting colours is part of picture making and self expression so, when appropriate, encourage the children to choose.

The Method

I haven’t managed to get to Toddler Group for a couple of weeks so it was lovely to see the children run over to the art table full of enthusiasm for painting.

After selecting the colour of paper they wanted to use I demonstrated what they needed to do by dipping a straw into the watered-down paint and dripping it onto the sugar paper. Then I showed them how to blow the paint about on the paper.

Each child had their own straw and they dipped, they blew, then tried blowing again and again. Some weren’t close enough to their droplet of paint so I had to show them how to get really close before they blew. Some got it – some didn’t.


The Paintings

It was really interesting to watch the children experimenting with the technique. Some dipped and blew through the straw splattering (I said it was messy) the paint across their page. Others used the straw as a brush drawing arcs across the paper. Some filled the paper and others only used a small corner. They all shared the paint well – no arguments breaking out – and one little girl had great fun organizing her pots of paint as she had the table all to herself at one stage. It was great to see the mums and grans encouraging the children as well.

All in all a popular activity with everyone, giving plenty of opportunity for experimenting, decision making, sharing and having a fun messy time. There were lots of jokes about making sure the children didn’t suck instead of blow – fortunately no-one did try to drink the paint. And, though the process is the most important thing, the results were stunning.

Just a note about the paint. Use paint that is suitable for children, that is non-toxic and is easily washed. If you buy your paint from Artful Dodgers you can be sure it’s safe.

Remember, you don’t have to use the exact idea for an activity that you find on the Internet or in a book. Use it for inspiration and adapt it to your situation whether that be in a nursery setting, a play group or at home. Happy painting!

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