There are so many different creative and exciting ways to experiment with paint, and if you haven’t tried out this splatter technique yet then you’re really missing out.
Whether your kids are arts and crafts lovers or simply love to get messy with colours, splatter painting is the perfect way to de-stress by flicking, dripping, or even throwing paint instead of the more traditional way of a brush to paper. The activity not only makes for a fun way to pass the time but will leave you with a beautiful lasting memory that you can keep forever.
Check out the simple way you and your family can make your own splatter creations in just 5 steps!
What You’ll Need:
Acrylic paints, paintbrushes, plastic cups or bowls, a large canvas or thick paper, plastic gloves, old clothes (that you don't mind getting messy), and lots of newspaper or plastic to protect the area from paint.
1) You'll need to start off by prepping your artwork area. Ideally, you'll be able to head outside and place your canvas/paper on the grass to avoid mess indoors. If you have no outside space, place plenty of newspaper or plastic down to cover the surrounding areas. Get yourself and the kids in some old clothes and gloves - and you're ready to start painting.
2) Mix the colours that you'll be using with a little bit of water in your plastic cups so that they're easier to splatter - and keep these separate from each other.
3) Pick up a brush, dip it in paint, and begin splattering. You can do this in several ways: from a distance, with different sized brushes (these will create unique patterns), dripping from above, or just straight up flicking the brush at the canvas.
4) Ensure that after the use of each colour, you give the paint a moment to dry slightly before using the next one. This will give your colours a more vibrant effect and stop them from mixing with each other! It's also a great idea to ensure that you use a different brush for each colour.
5) When you're all splattered out, allow your painting at least 30-60 minutes to dry before moving it - and then enjoy your masterpiece!
Tips and Ideas:
1) If you're stuck on ideas of what to do with your masterpieces after creation, there are plenty of options. You could frame and hang it, stick it to a window and watch how the light shines through the colours (if you used paper), pop it on the fridge, or even frame it and deliver it to a family member or friend for a surprise gift that will be sure to make their day. If you're really proud of it, you could even snap a picture of your art and share it on Facebook or Instagram for the world to see!
2) Whilst the acrylic paint that we suggested above is both cheap and probably the easiest to create art with, you can also use pretty much any type of paint that you have on hand. If you'd like to try something a little more unique, why not give watercolour paints a go for your splattering?
3) If you and the kids would like to try out a different style of splatter, there are several objects that you can use instead of just paintbrushes. Toothbrushes, straws, and spoons all work well - but you could even play around with a water gun for some extra fun!
4) After a more unique, or advanced painting? There are so many ways to have your art look more professional, or to create specific designs. For one, you could experiment with covering certain sections of the paper whilst you splatter other sections. You could also attempt to use stencils and see what effect that has on your creation. Another super creative way to give your piece an extra special touch would be to completely paint your paper in one solid colour and let that dry before you begin with your splattering.
5) If you're bored with painting on paper and want to create something even more exciting, why not attempt your very own splatter clothing? With just a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, and some fabric paint - you can follow the same method above and come out with pretty cool pieces!
Rachel grew up in Switzerland and currently lives in north-west London. She is an avid reader, writer, and a real foodie and loves discovering new hotspots and trendy places to go in the city. She also enjoys planning days out for her family, she especially loves taking her little cousins swimming and to the park. When she has some free time she loves going to concerts, baking, or visiting her family at their home in Essex. She can sometimes be found travelling a bit further than Essex and loves meticulously planning and researching a trip before heading off to explore new places in Europe and further afield.