Mini Monets and Mommies: DIY Metallic Paint

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Metallic Paint

I’ve been on a glitter art kick lately! Truth be told, I never set out to make metallic paint, but in the process of another artsy adventure I happened upon this sparkly slick trick. This is so super-simple that I kind of feel like I should have done it long, long ago.

Metallic Art
Ok, so here’s a secret: It’s not really paint. It looks like it, but it’s just a simple clay and glitter combo. The end result works like finger paint. Your mini Monet can spread it out, getting in some tactile sensory play, while she creates her own glittering masterpieces (or she can just explore how it works in a process-based art activity).

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·         Modeling clay- I’m not going to say that you should take the clay out of the package at the art supply store to make sure that it’s not rock hard (please don’t do this, the people who work there won’t be happy with you), but if it’s not at least somewhat soft your child will get frustrated at lightning speed. If you get home and find yourself with something that feels like bricks, bring it back.

·         Glitter- You’ll need to coordinate the color with the clay color. For example, your child has chosen pink clay. That means you’ll need a similar shade of pink glitter.

·         Paper

Here’s What To Do:

1.      Pull the clay apart into quarter-sized pieces.

Childrens Art
2.      Using one piece at a time, your child can begin spreading the clay out on the paper with her fingers. Think of this like finger painting. The clay will stick to the paper and mimic finger paints.

Kids Crafts
3.      Sprinkle glitter on the clay.

Sparkle Craft
4.      Have your child continue the same finger painting motion, rubbing the glitter into the clay. As she pushes it into the clay a metallic sheen will shine through. She can add more clay-glitter color patches, creating a picture or an abstract design.

Are you looking for more art activities? Check out and follow my Pinterest board on process-based art or kids.
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  1. Ooh, how pretty! I didn't know clay would stick to the paper like that :)

    1. Thanks! As long as it's new clay (when it starts getting tough it won't stay as well), it sticks like paint!

  2. Love this idea! Pinning to my Summer Art Class board.

  3. Awesome idea! This looks like a nice texture of paint and doesn't look so messy!

    1. Thank you. It is slightly neater than traditional paint!

  4. That's fantastic, I'm always hesitant to let glitter in our house, I seem to end up with it everywhere!! But I might make an excepts in this case, thanks for linking up to Stumble Into The Weekend!!

    1. Thanks! The clay does help to keep the glitter somewhat in check!

    2. What a great idea. I am going to try this over the weekend. 😊

  5. What a fun idea. Would be really pretty framed. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  6. What a fun idea!! I never thought of painting with clay. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  7. That looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing this resource over at The Thoughtful Spot! We'll be sharing on Pinterest soon!

  8. What a cool idea! I had no idea that modeling clay sticks to paper. It looks so pretty with the glitter.

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