Art Project #47: Shimmering Bat Silhouettes

I was feeling pretty guilty that we hadn't done any decorating for fall or Halloween.  My boys didn't want to carve pumpkins and while they were open to idea of painting pumpkins, I never got around to buying any.

I saw a cute bat painting project on-line and thought my boys would enjoy this quick, Halloween themed craft.

It was perfect for our 100 Days of Art Challenge and so much fun!

I printed out some bat templates, cut 2-3 bats per person and put a few small pieces of rolled painters tape on the back.

I had the boys arrange their bats however they'd like and then set about setting up paints and brushes.  I asked them each to pick a few colors to paint with and got everything all set up.

I reminded them to use the bats like a stencil and work from the inside outward (since I did not and found that paint leaked under the paper bats).

They gradually filled paint in along the whole background and we gently peeled the bats off of the black paper.   We set them aside to dry and then admired our bats flying off into the night sky (or sunset).

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
Project 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
Project 42: Splatter Paint on Canvas
Project 43: Fine Line Fall Leaves Drawings
Project 44: Fairy Village Trip
Project 45: Oil Pastel Resist Leaves
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art

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  1. Neat project! Thanks for sharing this idea on the Virtual Fridge!

    1. Thanks. I find my kids are happiest playing in paint.

  2. What a fun project!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. This is really cool! & so easy to do! I will try this with E&E too! Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

    1. I hope they like it! We love easy art projects. :)

  4. Ah lovely! I will be putting this on the list for next halloween, or if im feeling up to it we may attempt it tomorrow :) #fabfridaypost


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