I looked at Emily one day and realized that she is no longer going to eat the acrylic paint. On that day, I decided to buy some canvases that were just her size and set a few parameters. This project was 100% supervised, involved limited paints, and occurred while Jacob took his afternoon nap. Emily does not nap. She is a Big Girl now, and she proved it by only getting a tiny bit of red paint in her hair. And just a swoosh of magenta on her chin.
Step 1 - Prepare the canvas. I painted the entire canvases white, let that dry, and then taped around the edges with blue painter’s tape. Masking tape of any sort will do the trick, but it isn’t necessary. I just thought it would be nice to have white borders framing her art. :) If you tape it, seal the edge of the tape with a coat of white paint.
Step 2 - Paint! I chose a limited palette of magenta, red, light blue, aqua green, and white. Then I put a dime-sized drop of each color in a plastic lid. I encouraged Emily to use different kinds of brushes in different sizes so she could learn how they are different (and because this makes the paintings more interesting).
Step 3 - Finish. Allow the paint to dry a little before you remove the painter’s tape. Once your paintings are dry, hang on the wall and enjoy!
Emily’s signature is that green “E” on the second painting. You may want to encourage your child to sign their work too. Just not with their tongue. (Please do not eat the paint!)