Tall paintings seem to be trending at the moment
They were popping up all over my news feed on Facebook
I had initially saw tall painting on MaryAnn F. Kohl's blog
(BTW, if you don't know who she is you need to)
then I saw it here on Teacher Tom's blog
then it was like a massive tall painting bomb exploded all over Facebook
I couldn't even tell you where it started from because everybody was posting and reposting
I had decided (after seeing it the first time) that I wasn't going to try with the girls because I didn't think they were old enough
I broke down and decided to give it a whirl
and we gave it a little twist
So I bought foam-core board and wanted to cut it into neat little squares because I wanted to have mini tall paintings to display in the house or give to grandparents
I'm pretty sure I'm the worst foam-core board cutter in the world
If you do this use a metal ruler!
Someone somewhere (if you know who let me know so I can link up) suggested using interior house paint
All the other posts seem to have used a thickened tempera
I really didn't want to do that
when I saw the house paint idea a lightbulb clicked in my head
my garage is leftover house paint heaven
I love to paint walls
(easiest way to change the mood of a room!)
so I have a lot left over from various projects and have the perfect colors from a playroom I did many moons ago
I had disposable cups on my shopping list but somehow forgot them
so I used these bottles
I think the bottles worked perfectly because they helped keep the paint in long enough for Miss C to position the tip over the top of the block
I used styrofoam blocks
I went looking for wood but didn't find any
so I decided to get styrofoam instead
Styrofoam turned out to work perfectly too
We tried a cone too!!
The first comment out of C's mouth was
"It looks like a volcano!"
We tried 3 styrofoam blocks on one board!
C claimed the tallest one
I did the middle one
Little A did the smallest one
C helped A do the smallest one
I see a face! Do you see it!!??
Wait...now I see a bird!
The tall paintings were a bigger success than I thought they would be!
I already have plans for a larger scale more permanent display.
We really had fun watching the colors run down the sides onto the board
I think the cone turned out the best because the paint covered the sides really well without using a lot of paint
I can't wait to see what they look like when they dry
they were still spreading after I took these pictures