Mini Monets and Mommies: Kids' DIY Glue Paint

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kids' DIY Glue Paint

DIY glue paint for kids

Tissue paper is one of my favorite art materials ever. The non-colorfast stuff bleeds, making it perfect for printing or making your own paints. I’ve made water colors, glitter glue and this time it’s – DIY glue paint! This is super-simple for kids to make, but still completely creative.

Your child can mix up a batch of her own rainbow colors to use now or make extra and save them for later.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        School glue

·        Tissue paper – Get the non-colorfast kind. If the colors won’t bleed, this activity won’t work and your little artists will be left with plain old glue and very soggy tissue.

·        Paintbrushes

·        Paper

·        Baby food jars (thoroughly washed and dried) or cupcake tins

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Pour the glue into either reused baby food jars (if you’re planning on saving the paints for later) or cupcake tins (if your child is just using them now). Fill either choice about two-inches up with the glue.
paint with glue

2.     Tear up colorful tissue paper. Light colors such as pastel pink or baby blue don’t work well. Let your child explore and experiment with colors that she likes or let her mix and match them together to make a combination of two or more shades of tissue. Even though the color bleeds, it won’t turn the glue the same hue as the original paper. Red will make pink, dark green will make a moss color and deep purple will make lilac. Your child will only need a few quarter-sized pieces per paint color.

3.     Place the tissue into the glue (with one per jar or cupcake tin section). Give your child a paintbrush and have her mix the paper until the color begins to run out into the glue. The tissue will start to break down as she stirs. Leave the teeny tiny pieces in it to give the “paint” added texture.
tissue paper kids' art

Color crafts

4.     Paint! Encourage your child to explore the colorful glue, making abstract art. Instead of painting “something”, she can swirl the colors together, experiment by layering the different shades on top of each other or make connecting shapes.
process art for children

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  1. We've added food coloring to glue before, but never tissue paper. Neat!

    1. Thanks! It's a great way to combine art and science too!

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