Creative Idea: Let Kids Paint to Fill a Blank Wall
By Alanna Rusnak on November 05, 2013
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They've got pieces of me all over and through them and I need only to put an idea before them and say 'Go!' and they do - with a kind of wild abandon that only comes with childhood and makes me strain against my own inhibitions to be a little more like them.
We had this great blank wall beside the piano. It used to be covered by the ugly bookshelf but then I painted it and thought it was suddenly so pretty it had to be moved to a more visual area - thus, the looming blank wall.
So I combed the recesses of the barn and pulled a (mostly) unblemished piece of wood from a pile and brought it inside. After a good scrub and sanding I pulled together our painting gear and called the kids with promise of a 'really fun project!'
1 We tore up some cardboard, exposing some of the corrugated guts, and glued that down in various places to add texture.
2 The kids hammered bottle caps into the wood, added some foam stickers, and glued down some buttons - again, all to add texture and interest.
3 Painters gone wild! I just let them at it. They each got a disposable plate with squirts of whatever colour struck their fancy and they went for it - no holds barred. We're literally talking about paint flying through the air - I'm still cleaning it up off the floors. The only real instruction I gave them was to make sure they didn't mush all the colours too much and please-please-please don't get it on the walls (which was totally in vain).
4 Once everything had dried, I sealed it. I mistakenly bought the matte sealer instead of a glossy. It did the job but while the painting was wet it seemed so much more dynamic and interesting and I really wanted to preserve that. I may still go out and buy a glossy and spray it again just to reclaim some of that.
5 I painted the edges black to finish it off. This should have been done first - I just didn't think of it until after the paint started flying across my dining room.
6 Name it! Our is aptly titled: Colour Blind.
7 Hang and enjoy for all eternity.
Happy painting everyone!
[NaBloPoMo Day 4]
First posted here.
Alanna Rusnak writes honest blog posts reflecting her world as a mother of three, wife of one, employee of a church, and a lover of beauty over at SelfBinding Retrospect
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