Art Project #42: Splatter Paint Canvas

After our disastrous wax resist paintings the boys were looking for something fun and no- fail that we could do.  Evan suggested splatter painting on the lawn using our new canvases and I happily obliged.  I knew it would be the perfect activity for our 100 Days of Art Challenge.

We had fun with splatter painting a few years ago when we were studying Jackson Pollock and all three of my boys have great memories of splatter painting on the lawn (the only place I allow splatter painting!).

It was a nice and sunny day so we brought our canvases outside.  I had all three boys spread out and then I brought out some cups of watered down tempera paint.

This is how much paint we used 

The paint mixed with water (so maybe a bit more than 50/50)
We had a whole tray of paint colors! And I made sure to bring out paper towels... just in case!

Each color of paint had it's own brush and they took turns using the various colors on their painting.  They walked around the canvases flicking their hands and the brushes splattering paint all around.  The color combinations were so neat and the boys just loved their paintings.

So much motion involved!

Look at all those colors!

I just love all the colors and they had SO MUCH fun!  They talked a lot about how the colors mixed and bled too.

Our other art projects:
Project 1: Painting with Hexbugs
Project 2: Tissue paper flowers
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 4: Watercolor compass circles
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish
Project 8: Oil pastel flowers
Project 9: Fingerprint dandelions 
Project 10: Beaded Sun Catchers
Project 11: Bird Crafts and Snacks
Project 12: Color Mixing Butterflies
Project 13: Water Gun Art 
Project 14: Using Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouette Paintings 
Project 16: Painting Pet Rocks
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist 
Project 18: Water Bottle Windsock 
Project 19: Stained Glass Kits 
Project 20: Tin Can Windsock
Project 21: Firework Glue Art
Project 22: Qixel Art
Project 23: Makit Bakit Kits 
Project 24: Wood Burning Project 
Project 25: Making Our Own Raft
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 27: Paper Bowl Jellyfish 
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Proejct 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles
Project 30: Chalk Pastel Paintings 
Project 31: Washi Tape Votive Holders
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 34: Tissue Paper Transfer
Project 35: Stained Glass Class
Project 36: Visiting the Art Museum 
Project 37: Taking an Art Class
Project 38: Making Minecraft T-shirts
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 41: Wax Resist Watercolors


  1. I love creating canvas art. We have a few spare ones here and my kids would love this, we have done something similar before. Sarah #mg

    1. My boys love creating canvas art. We try to vary our techniques and keep it as interesting as we can.

  2. This looks like such fun! Where are you going to hang all of this beautiful art?

    1. I don't know! I do think I may try to convince the boys to gift off just a few of them for Christmas gifts for family members and the rest... for now are sitting in a nice pile waiting for inspiration on what to do with them.

  3. What a neat project! Pinning to try when my gal gets a bit older!

  4. I want to try this with the grandboy!

    1. It's a lot of fun. They didn't get nearly as messy as I thought they would either (though the grass was quite colorful until the next rainstorm).

  5. I love these. They are so free and what a marvellous job your boys have done! I bet they are a fan of Pollock now. Such a great inspirational and fantastic ideas. :) #mg

    1. They really are! They think he's one of the most fun painters we've studied.

  6. This is such a fun activity to do with kids, I must remember to do it with the grandkids.

  7. Super fun idea! I need to do this with my boys before it gets cold here near Pittsburgh. Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Yeah it's definitely not a winter project... well I guess it would make the snow pretty but might be tough to make sure that the paint doesn't freeze first.

  8. That must have been so much fun! I have a good mind to do it myself!

  9. Some of our younger children would enjoy doing this one so long as I can manage for them to splatter the page and not themselves! #RealCraftyLinkParty

  10. I so admire the way your children are learning, I love where my kids go to school they are very lucky to have a great art program and even a farm! But sometimes I look longingly at what you are doing and dream of a different way #mg

    1. Aw, thank you. There are so many wonderful opportunities out there and I think today's kids are so lucky to have such an abundance of choices.

  11. I'm so not arty or crafty but have started to do this kind of thing with my 2 year old as she loves it. I'm so bookmarking your page for inspiration! I love the idea of getting outside to paint - will be less nerve wracking for me (Topfivemum) #mg

    1. Yes! I have found painting outside is much more relaxing. I've even had my kids painting rocks, their bike tires, etc... and I knew it would all be gone with a single good rain storm.

  12. So pretty! That's definitely something we can handle!

  13. My kids love this too...I just wish we had a backyard to do it, because my kitchen is a mess whenever I have them painting there...Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

    1. Yep, that would get pretty messy pretty fast!

  14. Future VanGohls. I enjoyed reading your post today and thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays.


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