Arts In a Name

I was reading Attack of the Twins: New Artwork that I’d discovered on Pinterest. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it, but we both have daughters named Lily, so it definitely caught my eye.

Lily & Navy's finished masterpieces.

The mom got canvas, painters’ tape, and finger paints. She taped off each child’s name on the canvas. Then, she let them paint.

I modified the project a little bit with the age differences in my children. Lily had a bigger, more complex project. Navy’s was smaller and more simplistic.

The first time we did was get all of the materials we’d need more the project.

  1. 16×20 canvas (Lily), 8×10 canvas (Navy)
  2. electrical tape (Lily), scotch tape (Navy)
  3. scissors
  4. acrylic paint (Lily), Crayola finger paint (Navy)
  5. paintbrushes
  6. paint pots … we used baby food jars

Lily is 5, so I had her pick out 5 different colors of paint that she would like to use on her project. Navy got 3 different colors because his attention span is that of a 1-year-old.

I taped off Lily’s name using electrical tape. It’s nice because it sticks to the canvas well, but it’s easy to work with.

I gave Lily a couple of pointers on working with paint on canvas. Mostly not to mix all of the colors and make it a massive piece of gray paint.

At first, she seemed a little shy about laying on so much color. I think I scared her a bit when I asked her not to mix too much and to take her time.

Lily started letting lose a bit, and the process went along much more smoothly.

She spent about 30 minutes just painting her picture. Then, we left the canvas outside to dry and air out a bit. That part took about an hour.

Finally, time to peel off the paint and reveal! At this point, I think we’re done, but Lily still wants to work on her painting. So, I started to improvise about what she could add to it.

Lily picked out a blue (of course!) gem to dot the I. We used a small dot of Gorilla Glue to glue it to the canvas. We set the canvas aside to dry some more.

Now, it’s Navy’s turn!

  1. 8×10 canvas
  2. Crayola paint
  3. clear tape

For his project, we used clear tape because I thought that if he could see the black electrical tape or blue painters tape, he might start to pick at it and try to play with it.

This was the first time that Navy’s ever played with finger paints, so he wasn’t too sure about this gooey blue stuff that was on his hands. He did taste it. It mustn’t have been very yummy because he only tried once.

This is one of the many times in the 10 minutes that I was trying to get Navy to paint that he got distracted. If a car didn’t have his attention, he would pick up his canvas and walk off with it.

Once the taped edges were all painted, I set Navy free to play in the yard.

Navy’s completed masterpiece.

Lily still wanted to work on her painting, so I got some glitter glue and let her dot and finger paint that on her canvas. She did that for another 30 minutes or so. After she was done, it sat out for another hour to get good and dry.

After a couple of hours, both paintings were sprayed with general purpose enamel, then left outside to dry and air out for several hours.

Lily really seemed to like this project and I love having the kids’ art hanging up in our living room. We will be doing more artwork type projects again!


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