Art Ideas: Splatter Paint

Splatter paint can be done in a variety of ways. You can apply several colors with a toothbrush to create a blend of shades or you can use a large paint brush to achieve larger, bolder drops.

Lesson Plan Suggestion: Splatter painting introduces the ideas of layering and combining colors while manipulating painting tools. Splatter painting is also a good introduction to some of the concepts of abstract expressionism, an American post–World War II art movement that emphasized creative spontaneous acts and was exemplified by artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

  1. Select on object or objects with well-defined, interesting shapes.
  2. Thin acrylic paint with a small amount of water.
  3. Splatter painting is messy and it is a good idea to do it out of doors. Lay down newspaper and place the My Art Card template on the newspaper with only the front of the card exposed or create the art on a separate piece of card stock cut to size.
  4. Lay the object or objects to resist the paint on top of the card stock. you can use natural objects like leaves, found objects like keys or paper cutouts things of animals, butterflies or flowers.
  5. Be sure the object lies flat on the card. You may need to weight it down with pebbles or something else you can get paint on.
  6. Dip the bristles of a toothbrush or paint brush in the paint and shake off any excess paint.
  7. Point the head of the brush down at the object and run a piece of stiff card over the bristles towards you. Pulling the scraper towards you helps to to keep from getting sprayed by paint.
  8. Dip the brush in the paint again when necessary and spatter around the edges of the object, being careful not to drop large splotches of paint onto your work.
  9. Once you have spattered right around the shape, carefully remove the object and leave the card to dry.

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