Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Easy Abstract Canvas Art for Kids

Don't forget to follow the Kids Summer Craft Camp along on the KSCC Pinterest board where I will be pinning all of the posts.  Also, I encourage you to take pictures of your own creations and use the hashtag #KidsSummerCraftCamp on Instagram or on Twitter!  I'd love to see what you are up to!

Today's guest post comes from a new friend of mine, Brianna from CraftandRepeat.  You might recognize her as the host from the weekly link up On Display Monday.  She was also one of the ladies that I competed with during the One Crafty Challenge also.  I have been very happy that I have found her and that we are blogging friends now.  The craft she's submitted for this series is seriously awesome and I know that Lucy would love it as much as her son did and I cannot wait to have her do it too!

And now, on to Brianna!

I am so excited to be part of this fun series! I love it when my kids want to be part of my crafty craziness! Just about every day M, my four-year-old son, asks to make something with me or paint something.  This project I'm going to show you is perfect for kids, involves spray bottles and squirt guns, and can lead to some fun outdoor play when their project is done!

I first used this technique when I painted my Wet Canvas Silhouettes painting for Round 1 of the craft contest in which Randi and I competed. It's how I first 'met' her. We became friendly contestants and now she helps me host my link party every Monday.  I am so thrilled that I get to post on her blog today! :) Thanks for having me, Randi!

Easy Abstract Canvas Art for Kids

The Supplies
  1. canvas board
  2. 2 or 3 colors of acrylic paint
  3. spray bottle and/or squirt guns
  4. sponge
  5. water
  6. drop cloth or protective covering
  7. glitter, sequins, pom poms, or other embellishments (optional)

  1. This is a very wet project. It works best if you can do it outside on a calm day.  We had a few surprise gusts of wind that added some extra texture (dirt, grass, leaves) to M's canvases. ;)
  2. Use a drop cloth or something similar to protect the surface you are working on.  I like to buy large vinyl tablecloths.  They cost a lot less than a drop cloth and can be used over and over again.
  3. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting paint on, or go barefoot.
  4. You can use a sponge brush to paint your canvas a different color before you start. Let it thoroughly dry before following the steps below.

The Directions

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Step 1:
Fill a spray bottle with water and thoroughly saturate the canvas.

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Step 2:
Squeeze the paint on the canvas.  Make whatever design you wish!
I really like to use acrylic for this project because of how bold and thick it is.
Only use 2-3 colors. This is a good opportunity to talk about the color wheel and color mixing with your kid(s)!  If you use too many colors, the colors will end up muddy looking.

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Step 3:
Use the spray bottles or squirt guns to push the paint around.  This is the best part and where the creativity happens!
You can saturate the paint and let it run off the canvas or you can gently push it around with the water.  If your spray bottle can be adjusted, play around with the different streams of water.  Misting will do one thing to the paint, while a forceful stream will do another.
M had so much fun with the spray bottle that he didn't even touch the brand new squirt gun I bought just for this project!

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Step 4:
Gently lift the different sides and corners of the canvas to make the paint slide in different directions.

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Step 5:
Continue adding paint and water, and tipping it until you're pleased with how it looks! You can also use a damp sponge to swirl the colors and add texture.
I cut our sponge into smaller pieces.  It's better to work in small sections when using a sponge.

Easy Abstract Canvas for Kids | http://craftandrepeat.com

Here is a second canvas M made that day using the same steps.  He put the paint on in lines and didn't let this one run too much - only enough to just blend the colors and make green.

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Step 6:
What kid project isn't complete without glitter?! M added blue and white glitter to both of his canvases. You could add all kinds of embellishments at this point like sequins or pom poms.

Step 7:
Lay them flat to dry for a day or two (depending on how thick the paint is and how wet the canvas is).  Lay rags underneath it to catch any drips.

Use the leftover water in the spray bottles and squirt guns to have some extra summer outdoor fun! 

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M is very pleased with his canvases!  These will be featured in his room after we renovate it. The colors he used will match the new color scheme.


He had a really hard time sitting still to show off his art, so these are the best pictures I could get of him with them. :)

Think of all the possibilities when using this painting technique! Kids will definitely enjoy this and adults will find it fun, too! Abstract art is practically fool proof.  Anyone can do it!

Check out the unique ways I used this painting technique HERE and HERE.

For more kids' crafts and crafts in general, you can find me on my blog, Craft and Repeat or on Facebook.

Thanks for reading!


  1. This is such a great idea!! Kids will have a ball with this! I'm tweeting and pinning. Have a lovely day!
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  2. This looks like it's right up our alley. We just bought a couple of canvases yesterday and only had a use for one. I think I just figured out what we're doing with the other! Thanks, Brianne! Great post. I cannot wait to do this with Bryson. Hopefully I'll have it on Display next Monday!!!


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