The other day my son and I made a trip to the Dollar Store. Being that the 4th of July was right around the corner, I was keeping my eyes open for craft materials for a fireworks painting. I am happy to say that I hit the jackpot!
|Materials used for fireworks painting|
Full list of materials we used:
- Black Poster Board (to represent the sky) (50 cents - Dollar Store)
- 2 Fly swatters with ornamental plastic flowers on them ($1 each- Dollar Store)
- Can Strainer ($1 Dollar Store)
- Tempera Paint (Colorations, from Discount School Supply)
- Bronze "Activity" Paint (Colorations, from Discount School Supply)
- Meat packing trays to hold paint
- stencil brush
- sequins stars
I spread blue and red paint onto trays. My son pressed the fly swatter (flower-side down) into the paint and proceeded to swat away onto the black paper. WOW! I was impressed with how the splattered paint looked a lot like fireworks!
Soon he mastered double-fisted swat action! He was having fun!
Originally, I had just planned on him using 2 colors, but he insisted on me adding more (which, I must admit, made for a much more exciting picture in the end)! He then added green fireworks...
...and yellow fireworks to the painting. It all came together looking like the an explosion of color against a night sky.
After he was done using the fly swatters, I had him use the can strainer as a stencil to paint a different looking firework to the mix. With a stencil brush, he "stippled", or tapped bronze paint through the holes and onto the paper.
This was the result.
He placed the new fireworks all over the page where he saw fit.
And then — to add even more pizazz — he sprinkled on glitter...
...and metallic stars to make it glow.
I love how the painting looks abstract...
...but yet still looks like the beautiful lit-up sky of a 4th of July night.
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