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Making blow art monsters is a fun, multi-step, multi-media art project that really gets kids’ creative juices flowing.
It combines liquid watercolors with a dot sticker resist technique followed by markers overlaid on top of the watercolor paint.
This is a fantastic example of process art, and no two finished products will look the same. Kids will enjoy all the different aspects of this engaging project.
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For this project, you will want to gather:
- good quality watercolor paper
- dot stickers
- liquid watercolor paints
- plastic pipette dropper
- a straw
- markers (we used Sharpie permanent markers)
- Optional: tray or cover to protect the work surface (we used a dollar store shower curtain)
Since our paper was short but wide, we decided to create three monsters side-by-side. I asked my kids to place small groups of dot stickers across the paper for their monsters’ eyes. (Because these were monsters, it didn’t matter if they had one, two, or three eyes – or more!)
My kids drew the liquid watercolors into a plastic pipette.
Then they squirted little drops of watercolor paint around the dot stickers.
Then my kids grabbed the straw and began to blow!
They blew and blew until the paint was really spread out on their papers.
Some watercolor will likely get blown off the paper, so I encourage you to put a cover or tray under your kids’ work to make clean up easy.
They repeated the process for all three monsters.
Then we let the watercolors dry.
Once the paint was dry, we peeled off the dot stickers.
There were nice white circles left behind where the dot stickers had been.
At this point we pulled out our Sharpie permanent markers and I encouraged the kids to add details, such as coloring in the eyes or adding any other touches they wanted to complete their monsters.
And here are their finished projects!
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