Experimenting: Pour Painting

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!"
Surprise again!
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
I hope you give tall painting a try!

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  1. I would love see what they look like when they dry! That'll be interesting !

  2. My Oatmeal KissesSaturday, May 07, 2023

    Those are so cool! (I just tweeted about it!) Where did you get those containers they are painting with?

  3. Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali ArtSaturday, May 07, 2023

    @Kate, thanks for Tweeting! I found the bottles on clearance at Discount School Supply. I tried to find a link but they must have been on clearance because they were discontinuing them.

  4. Deborah (Teach Preschool)Saturday, May 07, 2023

    I love the Tall Paintings! I have been watching them pop up all over for awhile now too! I have got to give this a try just so I can say I did it!!

  5. Sherry and DonnaSaturday, May 07, 2023

    Aleacia these tall paintings are so much fun aren't they? Like you, we tried house paint when we made our tall painting this week. The consistency of the paint made for an awesome result! I've included a link if you'd like to take a look.
    Donna :) :)

  6. The artist who developed this technique, Holton Rower (grandson of the great mobile artist Alexander Calder), used latex house paint. I suspect there is no better medium for producing a brilliant finished piece. We thickened tempera with white glue simply because acrylic paint isn't washable and I have an unspoken agreement with my parents that they'll let me get their kids messy just as long as they can wash them! Love your variations. It really is fun. I think it would make a great adult party game too!

  7. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin TreeSaturday, May 07, 2023

    Awesome! We would like to try this too! One day we will...

  8. I knew if anyone could make this work, it would be you! I still haven't tried this out yet, but I desperately want to!

  9. rachelle | tinkerlabSaturday, May 07, 2023

    Awesome! I've been enjoying all of these Tall Painting ideas, and wonder if Holton Rower has a clue that so many kids are taking inspiration from his brilliance?! :)

  10. Michelle WillowSunday, May 08, 2023

    Your blog is really adorable and now you've got an award to prove it: http://best-toys-for-toddler.blogspot.com/2011/05/really-adorable.html And this looks really good! :)

  11. Oooh just found your blog via Michelle and LOVE it!!! Love your drippy art too. So beautiful and a great arty experiment

    Would LOVE for you to come and link up to Kids Get Crafty - every Wednesday with and for children - http://www.redtedart.com/2011/05/04/kids-get-crafty-loo-roll-monsters/ Old posts welcome!

    Hope to see you there!


  12. Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali ArtSunday, May 08, 2023

    WOW! Thanks so much everyone for the kind kind words! I kinda feel like a celebrity right now so many awesome bloggers visiting me :)

    @Deborah, do them! I almost didn't do it and they just kept popping up everywhere, glad I decided to try!

    @Donna, your tall painting was the one that I saw! I will be adding your link to the post :)

    @Teacher Tom, seriously I don't know what to say, I've been following you forever...I'm kinda starstruck right now! :) I completely understand why you thickened the paint, it's definitely a great way to stretch the amount of paint and it doesn't look like the colors were compromised at all, AND there's nothing better than paint that washes out!

    @ Melissa, can't wait to see yours and Cassie's when you try it!

    @Julie, thank you thank you! I hope you try it soon!

    @Rachelle, I don't know if Holton Rower knows he's gone viral in the children's art world but we ought to let him know somehow!

    @Michelle, thank you so much for visiting and for the award!

    @Maggy, so glad you found me! I'd love to link up with you! ;)

  13. Art For Little HandsMonday, May 09, 2023

    Beautiful. I love them displayed on your wall. I need to do this one day.

  14. cathy @ NurtureStoreWednesday, May 11, 2023

    Love, love, love it!

  15. Saw this on youtube. Love it. :)

    Thanks for linking in last week's High paw. Hope to see you again this week! :)

  16. mytimeinwonderlandThursday, May 26, 2023

    I am thinking about doing this for decorating in our new apartment. How are you using them in the playroom? I would love to see pictures of them displayed! I can't decide the best way to display before actually getting the kids messy and doing this!!!

  17. I did see Tall Paintings exploding every where as well- I first saw it on notjustcute.com, pretty fascinating and it does make you just want to try it at home! I haven't tried it yet, but definitely considering! Looks like you all had a fun time with it!

  18. Brooke @ Let Kids CreateSaturday, September 24, 2023

    These are great! I haven't seen this before, I wonder if I've got some leftover paint I can use. I love the bright colors on yours.

  19. I hope everyone considering trying this actually does, it really is super fun!

    1. Hi Alecia.
      I was wondering what to do this the similar foam shapes. Thanks for Inspiring :)


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