Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rainy Day Splatter Painting with a Toothbrush

It was drizzling and gray outside, so creating this umbrella scene was perfect.

Materials:
patterned papers
scissors
cardstock
glue stick
black marker
toothbrush
blue paint

Directions:
1. Cut out umbrella shapes from the patterned papers. I cut a semi-circle and then added a scalloped edge along the bottom.
2. Glue the umbrella shapes onto the piece of cardstock. It's great if they overlap, like people walking along a busy street.
3. With a black marker, draw the umbrella poles under each semi-circle.
4. Pour about 1 Tablespoon of paint onto a flat surface, like a plate.
5. Dip the edge of the toothbrush bristles into the paint.
6. With the bristles facing the painting (not your sister's face!) pluck the bristles with your finger so that dots of paint splatter onto the umbrellas.

Let it dry, hang it on the fridge and celebrate your rainy day.

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26 comments:

Aimee Friedrich said...

aww, how cute! we'll have to try this.

Sallie said...

That is certainly something that would be worth framing. Really cute.

Jennifer said...

So cute! What a great art idea! =)

Cynthia said...

Looks like fun, and really cute, too!

Misty said...

i love this! we are doing it today!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

So cute - my girls would love this!

Smiling Mama said...

Adorable! Also, "not your sister's face" is certainly critical to these directions!! :)

grammy said...

So cute...where do you display all the art projects??

Chrissie said...

Hi Grammy,
We hang the girls' artwork on a big bulletin board in their room or on the fridge. When things get a little too cluttered, the art projects either go into the each girl's special project box or the recycle bin. I try to save only the most special projects. I figured if I save about 10 items a year for the next 14 years, they'll have 140 creations to enjoy when they are older. That's a lot!
Thanks for your wonderful thoughts!
Chrissie

Jennifer said...

I love this. It's raining here too, and we will try this project this afternoon. :)

Sandy Toes said...

Okay that is so cute and so very brave.
sandy toe

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww this is SO cute! I can't wait to link to this.

Laura said...

This looks like a lot of fun. You are very brave with the splatter painting! I have to ask, how do you come up with all of these cool craft ideas? I'm simply amazed.

Karin Katherine said...

This is so darling Chrissie. Great job!

Lisa Leonard said...

love it. it was rainy here too!

Kristin said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing.

Misty said...

Such a great idea!

zobars said...

what a novel idea. I remember using a toothbrush to make grass in a class project when I was in school. That was a long time ago.

deezie said...

You have just got to be the most creative person I have ever come across in my life. The ideas that you come up with are amazing. You really need to write a book
deezie

Emily said...

We LOVED this project. I blogged about it here: http://homespunlight.blogspot.com/2009/03/rainy-day.html

Mama King said...

These look beautiful!We are just about to change out our daughters toothbrush for a new one. Perfect timing. Thanks. I may blog about this later. I will link to your page when I do. Thanks! btw: found you via Crafty Crow.
4crazykings.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Wonderful! I see Mr. Maker is popular at your house as well! :o)

Christine said...

Thanks! I love this, even the caveat about a sister's face! Perfect for April showers days.

Summer said...

Oh, this is too cute! Perfect for this time of year!

Ms. Tee said...

So cute! What a great idea :)

Mammagiramondo. said...

How cute!!! Now I'm looking forward coming a rainy day (It' s not so difficult in this time of a year here in Italy)(-:
Thanks for sharing, really a nice idea!!!