Dripping paint has never been more fun! Drip Painting is a wonderful kid-friendly craft that anyone can enjoy.
It’s amazing to see everyday items become works of art. Sure, it can get messy, but sometimes that just makes it more fun.
Don’t get me wrong, as a mom, I love projects that have an easy cleanup. But sometimes, the messy part just adds an element of fun.
Drip Painting is definitely on the messier side of things, but boy is it fun! To start, you’ll want a small (or large) blank canvas. I found these cute mini canvases on a wooden easel at a local dollar store. I love that they are easy to display. You don’t even need any wall space. Just a simple table or bookcase is all you need to display this mini work of art.
My four-year-old daughter is such a fan of these craft activities. You can see her popping her head in below with the mini canvas because she can’t wait to start.
My daughter and I created two Drip Paintings. One is painted with blue, green, yellow, and white. The other is painted with red, purple, yellow, and white. I like to include white in both to keep the images looking bright and cheerful. It also helps to give each colour some variation.
You may also notice that both pieces include the colour yellow, that’s because yellow is my daughter’s favourite colour. What’s not to love? Yellow is just so cheerful!
Before you start, you’ll want to cover your work surface with scrap paper or a tablecloth. Even in messy times, you want things to have an easier cleanup.
Drip painting a canvas is a really fun technique. Instead of using paint brushes, you use Q-tips. While they are absorbent, they can also pick up small amounts of paint that can drip on the canvas. If you find that they are not picking up enough paint, you can gently pour the paint in small amounts on the canvas.
You can start with a few drops of each colour. Drop some paint in various spots on the canvas. Add some of one colour, then another. You can drip paint on top of other paint. Just be sure not to touch the canvas. You want to drip paint on it, without letting your Q-tip touch it.
My daughter and I took turns pouring and dripping paint. Just try not to drip paint on the other person. 🙂
Once the canvas is covered with paint, it’s time to get messy. Carefully pick up the canvas and slip your fingers underneath. You’ll want to make sure that your hands stay below the canvas to avoid making any fingerprints on the picture.
Begin by tilting the canvas from one side, and then to the other. You’ll want to make sure that all sides of the canvas are covered, even the wrapped around sides. Once the canvas is covered and the excess paint has dripped off, you can set the painting aside to dry.
Drip Paintings are always one of a kind. Even if you decide to use the same colours, you’ll never create the same piece twice.
Drip Paintings are a really fun project to do on your own or with another. If you are making it with a kid, I love that it can be completed in one afternoon.
Wishing you all a wonderfully beautiful and drip-tastic day!Print
Looking for a fun, kid-friendly craft? Drip Painting can be a beautiful present for yourself or someone you love!
- 1 mini canvas (or canvas of any size)
- Acrylic paint in 3 to 4 colours
- 3 to 4 toothpicks
- Small bowls or plates for each paint colour (3 to 4)
- Using a Q-tip, carefully drip paint on canvas.
- Alternate colours and try not to let the Q-tip touch the canvas.
- When the canvas is covered with paint, pour the paint from side to side and tilt until the canvas is completely covered. You will want to make sure that all sides of the wrapped around canvas are painted.
- Tilt and turn until excess paint drips off.
- Set aside and let dry.
- Display the finished painting or gift it to someone special!