Swinging Paints

What You Need:

  • Masking tape
  • Large paper
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes
  • String
  • Tempera paint, in a variety of colors in trays or cans
  • Newsprint or plastic for lining the floor

What You Do:

  1. Because the brushes are a bit hard to control with drips and so forth, tape a large sheet of paper or plastic to the floor before starting.
  2. Tie strings to the handles of a variety of paintbrushes.
  3. Dip the paintbrushes into the paint.
  4. While standing over the paper, hold the string and let the paintbrush hang down and touch the paper. Swing the paintbrush making designs as the brush dangles, swings, and brushes against the paper.
  5. Refill brushes with paint as needed.

For variation, feel free to hang other objects from strings such as a cotton swab, pencil, nuts, bolts or eraser. Dip these items in the paint and make unique and different designs on the paper with them.

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