I’ll say this right up front: this IS messy. BUT it’s all outside mess and it really is a fun project for the school holidays.
Family art! It’s a project you all do together that becomes a feature in the home, and I love that because it means something. DO IT! Here’s our masterpiece!
Food colouring (the lighter colours look best: yellow, pink, orange)
Acrylic paint (variety of colours)
1. Add food colouring to balloon
The best way to get the food colouring into the balloon is by a dropper, or a medicine syringe. You want to use about 3ml per balloon. I used 5 balloons.
Fool colouring droppers
2. Blow up the balloons
Blow up the balloons and set up outside.
3. Set up outside
Place the canvas on the grass and use something like a portable clothes rack or a piece of string to hold the balloons.
4. Pop the balloon
Kids love this part. Tie the balloon on a string (or just hold) over the canvas. Use something sharp (I used a kebab stick) to pop the balloon over the canvas.
I made sure the kids were in play clothes because you will find the food colouring and paint goes everywhere over the grass. It’s par of the fun! Don’t be surprised if your feet look like this. It comes off after a nice long bath.
If you want some streaky lines, pick the canvas up and roll in different directions.
What it looks like
The food colouring gives a wonderful background for the next part of the art work. As the food colouring dries, the dots become more visible (as you can see in this pic).
You don’t need to wait for the food colouring to try properly, just paint right on top. Put a big blog of paint on a piece or cardboard and use a paint brush to flick it on to the canvas. The paint brush shouldn’t touch the canvas at any time. Do this until you have the look you want. We all took turns in flicking paint. I enjoyed this part as much as the kids. It makes you feel free and alive.
Place the canvas on a flat surface to dry for about 24-48 hours.
Packing up was easy. I left the paint splots on the lawn. It will go eventually. Wash the paint brush and throw out the broken balloons.
Make sure you put the date on so you can remember.
Where do you think I should hang it?
Try some family art. We are all feeling so proud right now.
More Painting on Canvas Ideas
My friend inspired me to do this and you can see some of her family art in this post: Memory Markers