Crafting With Kids: Splatter Paint Fall Tree

September 19, 2015

This month's craft comes from Miss Melanie. She found a paint technique to make a perfectly charming fall tree. You can make a splatter paint fall tree, too!

First, you're going to need some old newspaper or a groundcloth to protect the floor. Then you'll need an old shirt to protect your clothes. This project can get pretty messy!

Gather some twigs from outside and glue them onto a heavy piece of paper to make it look like a tree. If you find paint that is thin enough, you can blow paint with a straw to form branches. If you can't, then just use what you have and paint branches with paintbrushes or cotton swabs.

After you've gotten the tree and branches finished, you'll need to get lots of colors of tempura paint and several old toothbrushes. Dip a toothbrush in one color and tap it against another toothbrush, angling down toward the paper with your tree. The tapping will make the paint splatter as it comes off the brush. Experiment with tapping the toothbrushes together quickly or slowly and see what kinds of splatter patterns you get with each kind of tap.

Miss Melanie showed some pictures from Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson to inspire the kids at the program, but you can use whatever inspiration you want. Here are even more fall books to get your creative juices flowing!

You can try lots of different colors, or stick with just a few. You may even want to try painting whole leaves on the tree with the bristles of the toothbrush. Finish up by filling in the background with watercolor paints.

Here are some of the beautiful pictures from Miss Melanie's program:


Enjoy making your own splatter paint fall tree!

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