These spritzers are the perfect new tool for art classrooms!
Create beautiful works of art with these adorable, elephant-headed paint sprayers!
Fill the sprayer bottle with liquid watercolor paint, point the elephant’s head down and squeeze the elephant ear-pump to spritz out a fine mist of color onto craft paper. Make yourself a rainbow of paint sprayers by putting different colors in each of the five sprayers. Dilute the paint with water or add liquid soap to make stains easier to clean.
Graffiti isn’t something we want to teach students how to do, but the painting techniques
employed by street artists like Banksy have many applications. Freehand and stencil spray painting techniques can be successfully adapted for a classroom environment. In addition to teaching an art technique, this is a great opportunity to talk to children about stealing like an artist.
Children might know the phrase “good artists copy, great artists steal.” This quote has been attributed to T. S. Eliot, Pablo Picasso and Steve Jobs. No matter who said it, stealing like an artist doesn’t mean copying someone exactly and presenting the results as your own work—that is plagiarism! Stealing like an artist means using a technique you admire from an artist and innovating that technique to create a unique final product.
- Try putting masking tape on paper in random patterns, spray paint on the paper and then removing the masking tape to reveal beautiful artwork.
- Choose a base color and spray it on a sheet of paper. Place small objects like buttons, blocks, or small cups and containers on the paper over top of the base layer of paint. Spray more layers of paint in different colors over your paper. When you remove the objects, you will have a gorgeous layered painting.
- Spray a layer of paint down. Lightly crumple a sheet of news paper and quickly press it down and remove it to create exciting textures in the paint.
- Use the elephant spritzer to create a background for your painting, and allow it to dry completely. Then use a different medium (crayons or colored pencils) to create the foreground of your painting.
- Create a gorgeous paint texture by laying a piece of mesh or a sheet of Roylco’s R1504 Paper Mesh over top of a sheet of paper and pray paint over top. Remove the mesh to reveal the texture.
- Make a rubbing with a crayon. Use the elephant sprayer to add color and pizzazz to the rubbing. The wax in the crayon resists the paint and will show through.
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We recently revamped our pipette line with a few new designs! One of the new designs is our fabulous Squiggle Pipettes. Learn more below!
Squiggle Pipettes feature an interesting squiggle design that helps to distribute paint evenly onto paper. Learn more about this product here! Pipettes are not only a great tool to use for painting, but can be incorporated into fine motor exercises–the motion of squeezing the bulb helps to get kids working out their pincer grip! If you are planning to paint with the pipettes, use watercolor paints.
To use your pipettes, first squeeze the bulb to press out all the air. Dip the nozzle into a container of watercolor and release the bulb to suction the paint into the pipette. Squeeze the bulb again to release the paint over your sheet of paper.
You can use the Squiggle Pipettes to color your art! Here are some ideas you can try for yourself! Click on the links to be taken to the full tutorials.
• Make your own giant weaving mat using only Color Diffusing Paper, paint and Squiggle Pipettes! Cut the dried colored paper into strips and weave them in and out of each other to make a beautiful woven mat.
• Learn our secret for color-resist painting! We use Squiggle Pipettes to add color to the flag designs.
• Color your own clothes! A paper vest, that is. Find more about how to design your own vest at the link.
• Form your art into beautiful images of animals using basic shapes! Squiggle Pipettes are used to make the painted images.
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Extending our exploration of Paint Bellows, I’ll show you how to use this unique painting tool to create beautiful stencil art combined with our Lace Circles! Read on for more details!
Duration: 10 minutes
• R5419 Paint Bellows
• R24910 Lace Circles
• Art paper
• Tempera paint
• Paint tray
I recommend using card paper for the backing underneath the Lace Circle. Depending on what kind of paint you use, the splatter paint may seep through any weaker or thinner paper. You want to make sure that the art paper is strong enough to withstand the paint splatters.
Fill the paint containers with a bit of water to make the paint easier to pick up in the Paint Bellows. Place the template or Lace Circle onto the card paper.
Press all the air out of the Paint Bellow before inserting the spout into the paint. Release the hold on the Paint Bellow to allow it to draw in the paint. Next, aim the Paint Bellow slightly above the art paper and quickly press the back of the Paint Bellows chamber towards the spout and release. Redo this action several times to get a great stippled effect on the paper!
I wanted to use two different colors to make the artwork more interesting, so I used red. Spritz the red paint over the template. Tip: You can also remove your template and place it in another position over the stippled blue paint, then spritz with red to give your artwork a bit of dimension.
Remove your template to reveal a simple yet gorgeous piece of artwork underneath!
Show us some of your artwork using the Paint Bellows! Send us photos of your students’ work to email@example.com for a chance to be featured in our next post!
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!