Art Project #95: Balloon Splatter Painting

Oh my was this ever a fun and super messy art project!

After a week of pretty intensive art projects my boys and I wanted something fun where we focused on the process of making art and no so much the end product.  Since it was a nice sunny day I offered to come up with something fun we could do outside.

This was a perfect addition to our 100 Days of Art.

I took a small funnel and added liquid tempera paint inside each balloon.  I think I filled a good 20-30 of them. Once I added a bit of paint to each balloon I filled them up with air and tied a knot.

The boys brought out a giant roll of paper and got the yard set up while I was inside filling balloons.  They chose what size paper they wanted and found something to weigh the paper down with and something sharp to use to pop the balloons.

We then brought all the balloons outside and a tub of glitter too. I tried to make some balloons glitter balloons but I could not get the glitter to go through the funnel and fill the balloons so I figured they could just sprinkled it onto the we paint if they wanted. They each put balloons on their paper and started popping them.  Ian chose to throw his darts at the balloons while Alec and Evan used a nail.

After the first balloon splattered paint up Ian's arm, leg and face the boys decided to throw their pointy objects at the balloons while standing a bit further away.  It was impossible to get pictures of the balloons actually popping but I think you can get the idea from these photos.

Can you see the nail flying through the air right towards the balloon??

I somehow even managed to get paint on me!  Just look at Alec's hands... and the darts.

We left them in the yard to dry and cleaned up hands and feet good enough to head inside and have showers.  We also washed off all the darts.

It was so much fun and we enjoyed watching the exploding paint!  It would have been better if we had waited for a day that was warm enough for the boys to run through the sprinklers or jump in the lake afterwards since that would have saved us all the cleaning up but we really didn't mind.

Other Projects in this series:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
Project 66: Washi Tape Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Project 67: Learning Origami 
Project 68: Art Books and Artist Study
Project 69: Playing Go Fish Art
Project 70: Edible Chocolate Art
Project 71: Geometric Hearts 
Project 72: Marble Swirled Hearts
Project 73: Solid Tempera Paint Drawings
Project 74: Qixels 3-D Maker
Project 75: Making Cupcakes
Project 76: Window Marker Art
Project 77: Shamrock Zentangles on Scratch Paper
Project 78: Painted Pandas 
Project 79: Minecraft Digital Art
Project 80: Charcoal Drawings
Project 81: Chalk Pastel Lighthouse Drawings
Project 82: Dying Easter Eggs With Bleeding Tissue Paper
Project 83: Painting Pottery
Project 84: Drawing En Plein Air
Project 85: African Savannah Paintings
Project 86: Woven CD Garden Decoration
Project 87: Working with Clay
Project 88: Art Lessons with Art Academy
Project 89: Melted Bead Wind Chimes
Project 90: Perler Bead Projects
Project 91: Ivory Soap Carvings
Project 92: Ice Cube Tie Dye
Project 93: String Art
Project 94: Multimedia Ocean Paintings 

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  1. Wow this is a great summer activity. It looks messy but fun :) Thanks for sharing. #FamilyFriday

  2. I think I'd have more fun with the darts, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

  3. This is really cool. My kids aren't old enough for the sharpe darts yet - but when they do - we are sure going to do this! I have pinned! :) X

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    1. Yeah you definitely need something sharp enough to break open the balloons.

  4. This looks so fun!! I'm going to have to try this with my daughter!

  5. That looks like so much fun!! My kids would love getting messy and covered in paint.

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight

  6. How very Jackson Pollack of you all! I love the idea, and thrilled to see it outdoors! #FabFridayPost <3

    1. Thanks! We try to bring art, science, reading... just about anything outdoors once the weather is nice.

  7. This looks like so much fun - and the results are really cool! Definitely need to give this a go. :D

    1. I loved our end results; I just wished we had used a heavier weight paper that would have held up better. These were quite brittle once the paint dried.


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