Art Fun – Balloon Pop Fun – Again!

We really love the balloon pop art here at the respite house.  I believe the kids must talk about the activities that we do here because this Sensory Sunday we had a request for the balloon pop art from someone who hasn’t been here for this activity. 

so I Filled the balloons like I always do.  I got covered in paint like I always do.  The interesting bit is that the two people helping to fill the balloons stayed clean.  I must just be a messy person.

Balloon Pop Art

Balloon Pop Art – Splattered kids

At least the kids got messy too!  Here is Izzy and her friend with paint splattered on them. 

Balloon Pop Art

Balloon Pop Art

Balloon Pop Art

Balloon Pop Art

The wet one (bottom pic) was so much more vibrant and beautiful.  Once it dried it lost some of the wow to me.  we left the balloon pieces on the board this time and I feel it added an interesting touch to the finish project.

Art Fun – Water Color Resist with Crayons

Today’s art project with the kids was water color resist with crayons.  I remember doing these when I was younger.  It’s also something that I enjoy every Easter using a white crayon on the eggs before dying them.  I pulled out a tote pull of crayons and gave the kids some ideas

  • night sky or fireworks
  • underwater scene with fish
  • clouds 

 

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

First gather your materials:

  • Paper
  • Water color paints
  • Crayons
  • Paint Brushes

Step by Step

  • Draw a picture on the paper with crayons
  • Use the water color to paint over the entire paper.

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

 

We learned through trial and error that wider paintbrushes work best for this activity

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

Water color resist with crayons

 

 

While the kids were working on their paintings I wrote a special message to each of them using a white crayon and then let them paint over the paper to read what I wrote about them.

 

Art Fun – Concrete Canvas

Frisbee Art

Frisbee Art

Painting on the basketball court concrete is a favorite activity of many of our guests.  There is something quite enjoyable about adding color to a typically grey slab of rock.  The fact that it’ll fade then disappear doesn’t seem to matter.  We pull out our tempera paints, plastic plates for palettes and various brushes.  I usually fill up a bucket or two with water for easy clean up.  The kids usually start off with brushes but then soon into the activity hands and feet are covered with paint as well.   

Some of my girls decided to start throwing the plates like Frisbees and learned that the paint makes pretty patterns.

Swirled Paint

Swirled Paint

Splatter Paint

Splatter Paint

Splatter painting tends to be a popular choice on the concrete.

Splatter Art

Splatter Art

American Flag

American Flag

Painted Window

Painted Window

Art Fun – Balloon Pop Art

Balloon Pop Paint Art

Balloon Pop art is a colorful, fun activity sure to become a family favorite

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art. Our first balloon pop painting

My all-time favorite art project is one that surprises my family.  I really don’t like to get messy or at least I didn’t like this while my OCD was in charge.  I have found through the course of getting happier that I really love art, splatters of color and the process of creating things.  The art project that has captured my attention is the balloon pop art.  I love this activity so much that I’ve done it several times now with the kids even though it’s super messy and can be time consuming.

 

Gather up your supplies – you will need squeeze bottles of washable paint or a syringe for the paint.  Something for the water – I use the ketchup/ mustard squeeze bottles.  A bunch of balloons – any size.  Something for a canvas.  Something to pop balloons.

You start by squeezing some tempera paint in a balloon (about 1 tablespoon).  Add some water (about 1 teaspoon) and then blow up the balloon.  It is impossible to stay clean during this process so I tend to have a few washcloths on hand for when the paint gets on my face/ or lips, which it always does.  You should make at least 4 balloons per person participating.  The more though the better.

Paint filled balloons

Paint filled balloons ready to be popped

Paint filled balloons

Paint filled balloons ready to be popped

Paint filled balloons

Paint filled balloons

I place all the finished balloons in our blue kiddie pool to keep them corralled so they don’t pop prematurely.  It always makes it easier to move the balloons to the pop zone.  The pop zone is any area that you don’t mind covered in paint splatters.  Find something you want paint splattered on and secure it to the ground with masking tape.  We’ve used foam poster board (works great!), giant newsprint, large sketch pad paper and then decide how the balloons will be popped.  We always use the long bamboo kabob skewers.   

Balloon pop art

Paint filled balloons ready to be popped

I have found it important to lay down some ground rules for this activity.  As I have done this activity with different groups of guests certain actions have came about such as trying to pop the paint balloons on other people and then a mad rush pop session that ends up a crazy chaotic mess.  So yes – lay down some ground rules.  Mine are

  1. Don’t pop the balloons on each other.
  2. Take turns popping balloons.
  3. Only one balloon per person at a time. 
  4. Try to get the paint on the canvas
  5. Don’t whine when you get paint on yourself

I tell the kids if they don’t wish to follow the rules they can stand back with Steven and just watch.

Balloon pop art

Getting ready to pop the first paint filled balloons

Balloon painting

Balloon painting

This is a very messy project.  I’ve gotten paint in my hair, in my ears, nose and glasses.  Definitely paint on my clothes and all over our backyard.  I typically have the kids take their shoes off and wear clothes that they wouldn’t be terribly upset if the paint doesn’t come out.  I only buy washable paints but it doesn’t always wash out.

Balloon Pop Art

Mama Bear with a very messy, very pink face

 

Painted face

Izzy with pink paint from a balloon popped too close

painted face

Izzy decided to add some blue to her painted face

If you can get past the mess, this activity produces lots of laughter, huge smiles, great memories and happy people.  Plus you get a super awesome, one of a kind piece of art.

 

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art.  Our second and third painting

Creating balloon pop art. Our second and third painting

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Creating balloon pop art

Balloon painting

Balloon painting

Balloon painting

Balloon painting

Balloon painting

Balloon painting