This week’s craft post focuses on our versatile Paint Bellows! These simple art tools make a big statement with interesting paint effects! The unique accordion-like chamber allows paint to be drawn into the bellow and helps propel the paint out when it is depressed and released. Watch the video for a look at what kinds of projects you can use Paint Bellows in!Visit our project guide at this link!
In order to use the Paint Bellows effectively, you will need tempera-like paint. The thicker the paint, the better the bellows will splatter the paint across the art paper.
The Paint Bellows feature two main parts: the clever accordion chamber to contain the paint, and the spout to propel the paint from.
To use the Paint Bellows, place your thumb on the back of the bellows chamber while cushioning the spout between your pointer and third finger. Press your thumb on the back of the chamber to push the accordion fold closer to the spout.
Next, dip the spout of the empty Paint Bellow into a bowl of tempera paint. While holding the Paint Bellows, release the pressure from your thumb to allow the chamber to draw in the paint. This technique is great for encouraging students to practice their fine motor skills with! Try perfecting this technique first before painting with the Paint Bellows!
In order to guarantee a smooth-running paint session, it’s a good idea to set up a painting workstation that students can experiment at with their paint tools. Place a plastic paint tray beneath the art paper. Poise the filled Paint Bellow over the paper and paint tray and press the back of the accordion chamber towards the spout to release the paint.
As you can see in the video, the paint splatter effect is striking!
Create interesting visuals with the Paint Bellows! Splatter the paint over top of art paper covered with various card templates. Remove the templates to reveal interesting images! Use different paint colors to create layers in your art!
Show us some of your students’ artworks using the Paint Bellows! Send us photos to firstname.lastname@example.org!