- Criss-cross masking tape randomly across the canvas from edge to edge, pressing it down firmly. Get the children to dab paint on with a sponge, then flick and spatter more paint on top, and maybe add some glitter too if they fancy. (As this is a messy activity, you may prefer to do it in the garden.) When the paint dries, peel off the masking tape to reveal a striking abstract canvas.
- Alternatively, use the masking tape to mark out the child's initial & create a personalised artwork for their bedroom wall.
- Make hand- and footprints to turn the canvas into a keepsake gift.
- Paint the canvas completely, then mark out a simple shape (eg a heart, star or car), cover it with glue and fill it with little buttons.
- Drizzle PVA glue over the canvas & allow to dry before painting, to create a textured picture.
- Older children can create some great effects by using a hairdryer to melt old wax crayons on to a canvas – Google 'melted crayon canvas' for inspiration. (Before you start, explain the dangers of hot wax and electricity, and supervise this activity carefully.)
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Look out for blank art canvasses at your local pound shop - they're ideal for cheap and easy art projects that give a great finished results. For example: