I’m so in love with these mini paintings my four-year olds made. Aren’t they beautiful? I found a roll of canvas in my attic. The same roll that I had been lugging around since college!! Yes, it’s true. For more than 20 years that roll has been moving from apartment to apartment and house to house. I had always thought I would stretch some more canvases some day and get back into painting. But when I spotted it up there (amongst the 50 or so empty boxes that I keep thinking I’ll use for a project) I had a thought – why not just let the kids paint on it? Kids painting on fabric and canvas is not a novel idea or anything (check out these projects here and here), it’s just that I, myself, had never thought of it before. So I brought it down and cut it into small pieces. The kids loved the new material so much, they asked if they could do it again the next week. Um…yes!!
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~ Cotton canvas (an art store would have some, or you can get it on Amazon)
~ Water and a damp sponge for cleaning the brushes
~ Just let them paint! So simple.
The second week I painted some liquid watercolor on the canvas before the kids came. The different colored canvases added a new element.
I think this summer I will experiment with canvas some more at art camp. But perhaps this time a giant collaborative painting!