Did you know you can use cardboard to paint with? You can, and you can make lots of Easy and Fun things, like:
Mama and baby pigs in the straw. Flowers and butterflies. Fuzzy yellow chicks.
Spring was a favorite time on our small farm in Maine. We’d have baby pigs and goats out in the barn, and in the kitchen there was always a box of baby chicks or ducks warming up by the wood stove. Spring refreshes us with returning color and creatures, and this year we all certainly need some refreshment, so I hope these easy projects will brighten your day this coming week!
- tempera paints in various colors ( I lightened my red and purple to pink and lilac with white)
- pieces of cardboard cut to various sizes
- paper to paint on and scraps to finish the chick
- pencils, scissors, crayons, and/or markers
There are just two techniques used to make these creatures and flowers. After dipping the edge of your cardboard into some paint,
- Make straight lines by touching the cardboard up and down onto the paper
- While holding the cardboard edge against the paper, you swirl or push it around, while holding one corner in place. It takes a little practice, but you can even make a complete circle this way. Try turning the paper as you hold the cardboard in place.
Note: The size of your creation will depend on the size of your cardboard. And after a while you may need to switch to a new piece as the paint will gradually make it less stiff.
Butterflies and Flowers
These use both techniques: up and down for the spikey flowers, grass, and butterfly body. A swirl for the other flowers and the butterfly wings. On one flower I had both pink and lilac on the cardboard, without mixing themand I think it produced an interesting effect. Maybe you can try more of that.
The chick just uses lots of up and down lines around and around in a circle. I put a small pencil dot to mark the middle so I had a reference point to keep going in a circle. Use paper scraps and crayons or markers to finish your chick. Try making different sizes and colors of chicks.
Mama Pig and Her Babies
Steps for the piggies:
- Use your drawing skills to draw a circle for Mamma and 2 small ovals for the babies.Just as you did in the last drawing lesson!
- Inside each pig, draw a small oval for its snout
- Use curving lines to draw ears and tail
- Use straight lines that turn sharp corners to make the feet.
- Color the pigs using light and dark shades of pink markers or crayons
- Use the up and down technique to ad straw all around the mamma pig and her babies
Here are two more ideas:
- Use orange paint and the swirl technique to make a bunch of carrots. Add feathery green tops with crayon or marker.
- Or how about baby birds in a nest of brown twigs?
Molly is enjoying the garden we now have in Colorado. It’s much smaller than the one we had in Maine!! The bright pink flowers in the front are very spikey, while the daisies and cone flowers have much broader petals and could be done with the swirling method.
Mollye and I are sure you can think of lots more creative creatures and pictures to make with your cardboard paintbrush! Have Fun and be sure to come back here next Friday for more Easy and Fun Art for Kids !