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Abstract Art For Kids

Danielle Henrickson, an avid artist, mom, and blogger is excited to motivate local families make art projects exciting and enriching for all ages.

These projects can be done by anyone, even if they have no experience with art. It is always exciting to inspire your children to express their own creativity. The projects are not complicated(or expensive) and only require a few simple materials.

Danielle's sons Liam (5) and Lance (3 ½) created 3 simple Abstract paintings in the following pictures.

Abstract #1: Pressed Shapes.

You will need a blank canvas, acrylic molding paste(sold in the painting section of art supply stores and craft stores like Michaels), a palette knife, paper cups and a beaded necklace (or other items of your choosing), and children's tempera or professional acrylic paint.

Before starting I recommend reading these guidelines(link: safety when painting with children.

Step 1: Spread the molding paste over the canvas with apalette knife making sure it is at least 1/8th inch thick.

Step 2: Press the cups and beaded necklace (or other items you selected) into the paste to make interesting designs. Allow it to dry 8 hours or overnight. You may speed up the drying process with a hair dryer.

Step 3: Paint the canvas.Make sure your child wears gloves if using professional acrylic paints.My son likes to make his paint drip so he propped up the canvas and diluted the paint with water to make the colors run together. He also decided to color the circles in to make them stand out.

The finished product:

Abstract #2: Fun Lines.

You will need a blank canvas, a jar of acrylic clear tar gel (sold at art supply and craft stores), a palette knife, paint and paintbrushes.

Step 1: Have the child dip the palette knife into the clear tar gel and then move the knife over the canvas allowing the gel to drizzle and make interesting lines and patterns. Allow it to dry for 8 hours.

Step 2: Paint the canvas. Liam took over the painting portion of this project. He painted with Golden brand acrylics. He liked the shapes that were made by the tar gel lines and decided to paint all the shapes in different colors.

The finished product:

Abstract #3: Comb Lines.

You will need a blank canvas, acrylic molding paste, a palette knife, a comb, paint and paintbrushes.

Step 1: Spread the acrylic molding paste across the canvas with a palette knife. Then drag a comb through the paste to create fun lines. Allow the surface to dry 8 hours.

Step 2: Paint! Lance used Tempera Cakesfrom the store Lakeshore Learning. I LOVE these! The colors are very concentrated and mix really well.At the endhe added silver acrylic paint to the canvas just for fun.

The final product:

The best part about simple art projects is that they allow children a lot of freedom of expression. The most important thing about the process is not necessarily the final product but thefun in getting there!For more ideas check out Danielle's art blog. Danielle will even be offering an online preschool art class soon.

Danielle Henrickson


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