Painting technique, ideal for kids (and anyone else)!

This is a set I made to explain a painting technique to a friend for her to try with her kids. She’s been wanting something made by her children to put on the wall, and this can be a simple one that can some out with some good results. I’ve done a number of paintings in this style over the years, generally a lot more detailed, but this gives a description to start you off! It’s as easy or difficult as you choose to make it.

Preparation

Get your paints out, all the colours you want to mix for the background

Applying the paint

Heap the paint onto the canvas.
If you’re a little worried it’s too much, be a bit more cautious, you can always add more later on.

Heaps of paint!
Blend the colours

Move it all around on the canvas until you’re happy with how the colours are blended together. You can streak the colours or stick with just one.
Be confident, you don’t have to be careful with how you mix it all up on the canvas – part of the beauty of doing this is that it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Make some patterns if you want, whatever you feel like!

Since it’s a lot of paint on the canvas with this one, I used the brush to make patterns in the background. Swirling the brush around is an easy one, just start at one point and swirl it outwards. If you haven’t used as much as me, just leave it with the brush strokes. Whichever you prefer is fine, it’s just an easy way of doing something with excess paint.

Get scratching!

Get a stick, maybe some other things like a fork (multiple sticks!), or turn a paintbrush up the other way. At times I’ve used pins and wax carving tools to get finer detail. Use your scratching implement of choice to start making grooves in the paint. Scratch out a design or an image in the background while the paint is still wet.

Keep going until you’re happy!

If at the end of it you don’t like what you’ve got, you can always take a brush and cover the grooves, add a little water to the brush first, change the scratch design, add more colours and so on until you’re happy.

The finished product.

Not such a great example, I’ll admit.. This was all done very quickly to show a friend how to go about it. The one above has since been dry-brushed over in places with gold acrilyc to separate the background patterns to the lines.

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