10 DIY Painting Activities for Kids

10 DIY Painting Activities for Kids via lilblueboo.com

Here are 10 cool painting activities for kids! Have fun and don’t be afraid of the mess!

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A Place of Her Own

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When I think back to when I was little, I think the most amazing thing in the world would have been to have a place where I could be messy….whenever I wanted. Boo loves to paint and draw and create so I wanted her to have a place of her own to do that.  Over the weekend we started converting the old playroom to a little art studio that we can share.  Here’s a sneak peek for right now. I’ll share more soon as we get it organized!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the whole series on painting with children:

Guide to Painting with Children via lilblueboo.com

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Teaching to Paint (Favorite Tools)

Tips for teaching kids to paint creatively (adults too!) via lilblueboo.com #diy #painting #art

 

I thought I’d do a follow up post to my last one to show some of the tools Boo uses when painting.  The process I go through with Boo definitely changes as she gets older…..I’ve written several posts over the years with tips on painting with children….I linked them all up at the bottom of this post.

As I was collecting photos together for this post I starting making a collage of Boo painting over the years…..she was so tiny!

 

Painting by Boo Hackshaw over the years via lilblueboo.comPainting by Boo Hackshaw over the years via lilblueboo.com

So onto the topic of this post!  I love giving Boo all the tools she needs to be creative as possible.  I give her tips and pointers along the way….teaching her how to use different techniques. What we are always working on though is the building up of layers. The more layers…..the more interesting the painting.

I always make sure to have lots of paint and oversized brushes.  We mix the paints with water so that it’s easier to apply to the canvas.  The faster she can cover a canvas with paint…..the more likely she is to paint multiple layers:

tips for painting with children (oversized brushes) via lilblueboo.com

 

Gesso is key! It’s a white primer……but great for painting an opaque layer over something. She mixed it with different colors to lighten them:

tips for painting with children (gesso) via lilblueboo.com

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Paintings by Boo

A process video of Boo creating 3 paintings….all painted to raise money for a good cause: The Academy of PDCPC (you can click here to view the listings)….I gave her ideas along the way and then we decided on quotes for her to add based on what the finished paintings looked like.  I taught her to finally use the electric sander. We used lots of paint and bubble wrap.

I recently accepted the Cre8time challenge from Michael’s to create for an hour a day for 8 consecutive days. For few days I worked in my art journal and on the days the Hungry Bunnies. For the remaining days this weekend, I left it up to Boo what we would do.  She wanted to make something to help raise money to help kids go to her school next year……and this is the idea we came up with: Paintings for a Cause. I stocked up on large canvases, paint, aqua crayons and willow charcoal.  I taught Boo a few techniques as she painted. You can see her creative progression in the little video we made:

 

 

We’ve listed them on eBay. All proceeds after fees go directly to The Academy of PDCPC here in Palm Desert and will be earmarked for financial aid funds.  Check out the paintings below. If you click the paintings you’ll be taken to the listing…..I like to tell people they are an “investment”…..maybe she’ll be a famous artist one day.

Me: What do you want to sell them for?

Boo: How about $30?  ……or….if they think that’s too expensive I’ll take $20…..or how about $15?

Boo Hackshaw via lilblueboo.com


I’m hoping they’ll go for a little more than that….it’s a chance to get a signed “Boo” original that benefits a great cause ; )

 

Be the Change painting by 6-year-old "Boo" Hackshaw via lilblueboo.com (bid for a cause)

Be The Change
24″ x 18″ Acrylic/Mixed Media Painting
Signed by “Boo” Hackshaw

 

Be the Change painting by 6-year-old "Boo" Hackshaw via lilblueboo.com (bid for a cause)

 

 

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A Little Light painting by 6-year-old "Boo" Hackshaw via lilblueboo.com (bid for a cause)

A Little Light
20″ x 24″ Acrylic/Mixed Media Painting
Signed by “Boo” Hackshaw

 

A Little Light painting by 6-year-old "Boo" Hackshaw via lilblueboo.com (bid for a cause)

 

 

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A River Runs Through It painting by 6-year-old "Boo" Hackshaw via lilblueboo.com (bid for a cause)

A River Runs Through It
20″ x 24″ Acrylic/Mixed Media Painting
Signed by “Boo” Hackshaw

 

A River Runs Through It painting by 6-year-old "Boo" Hackshaw via lilblueboo.com (bid for a cause)

 

 

It feels good creating for someone else.  It’s what I do everyday.  I hope to pass that onto Boo.  I think we’ll just keep painting…..and see where it goes.

 

Update: Additional paintings are listed on the Lil Boo Paintings page here!

 

 

 

 

 

Paint by Number (for a Giant)

I never finished a paint by number when I was younger…..they never gave me enough paint and I got too frustrated at the tiny little spaces I had to fill.  To redeem myself I bought a kit today at Michaels.

Then, as I was driving home, I thought it would be a fun Friday night activity for the family……but only if it was GINORMOUS. So, I made a stop at Kinko’s/Fedex……and enlarged it so that it would be easier to paint.

(it’s about $9 at the DIY enlargement copy machine)

I attached it with spray adhesive to a large piece of cardboard to keep it from wrinkling too much. We are changing up the colors from the original palette….it’s a little more “sherbet” now.

Oversized DIY paint by number via lilblueboo.com

I simplified the process by clearly labeling paint and the corresponding numbers: [Read more...]

The Gift of Art (DIY Art Box and Free Artwork Download)

 

The Gift of Art (DIY Art Box and Free Artwork Download by Stephanie Corfee) via lilblueboo.com #gift #christmas #diy #printable

So I was thinking about what I would have loved to get as a gift as a kid…..and this art box is definitely something I would have been overjoyed about.  Actually, I’m STILL overjoyed when I get art supplies! I have no self control when it comes to browsing the arts and crafts store…..sometimes I get lost in there for hours (as well as the hardware store). So here’s how I assembled these kits and where I purchased everything from. You can always buy the “ready made” art kits at the store….but the custom filled art box will always be 1000% more fun! Oh, and the awesome artwork? Stephanie Corfee created it….just for you…..because she’s awesome like that!

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Rainbow and Chevron Arts and Crafts Party

Ellen Bessette designed this amazing Rainbow and Chevron Arts and Crafts Party recently featured on Hostess with the Mostess. She used Lil Blue Boo’s Guide to Painting with Children as a fun party activity! Photography by Rebecca Dollar.

Rainbow Party: Arts and craft party by Ellen Bessette via lilblueboo.com

chevron rainbow arts and craft party by Ellen Bessette via lilblueboo.com
painting party by Ellen Bessette via lilblueboo.com
painting party supplies by Ellen Bessette via lilblueboo.com
art and crafts painting party by Ellen Bessette via lilblueboo.com
Check out the rest of the photos here.

 

painting with children via lilblueboo.com

Find Lil Blue Boo’s Guide to Painting with Children here.

 

Check out our Printable Party Set in the shop by Wants and Wishes!

 

Rainbow Party Printable via lilblueboo.com

DIY Glitter TOMS

DIY Glitter TOMS via lilblueboo.com

I recently refurbished my TOMS with spraypaint…..and now it was time to redo Boo’s pair. They had a few holes in the toes: [Read more...]

How To Spraypaint Graffiti Furniture

Spraypaint graffiti furniture tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo’s graffiti-themed desk is finally finished and in use….it’s like a piece of whimsical artwork in her playroom:

Graffiti Spraypaint desk tutorial1 via lilblueboo.com

This is a super easy tutorial because if you mess up you just go with it! I started out with a $49 desk I found at the thrift store:

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A Painting in Progress

Boo and I woke up inspired to make a big painting….so we’ve got a big project for this weekend! I’ll load the final photos here when it is done but you can follow our progress over the weekend in the photo album (click photo below):


Check out our other painting posts in the meantime!

A Guide To Painting with Children

Painting with Children: “Finer” Art


Have a great weekend!

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