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Process art with cool techniques

In a previous blog post we talked about the importance of process art for kids, which simply means focusing on the creative process, rather than on the finished product.

These process art activities use a range of painting techniques, including squirt and splatter painting, tape resist art, feet painting, blow painting, salt and sand painting, squish/blot painting, spin art, marbled shaving cream painting, and tissue paper bleeding art.  They teach kids how they can experiment with different painting techniques using a variety of materials.

All you need to do is give your kids the materials and paper and let them explore and create to their heart’s content.

process art techniques

First is an open ended art activity incorporating different types of circle art: tracing round objects with pencils and paints, free form painted dots and circles, drawing with a compass, circle print making with sponges, buttons, craft foam and stamps, and splatter painting.  Such a wonderful example of collaborative art using a wide range of tools and techniques – from The artful parent.


This is another great example of collaborative art on a big scale, this time using watercolours in squirt bottles.  Just put down a large sheet of paper, give your kids the squirt bottles and let them have lots of fun getting messy!  Make sure you use washable paint for easy clean up at the end! – from Busy toddler.

squirt painting

Another variation on splatter painting uses cotton rounds and a rubber mallet.  Put down another large sheet of paper, place blobs of washable paint all over the paper and cover them with cotton rounds.  Then give your kids a rubber mallet, see if they can guess what colour is underneath, then let them swing and smack it onto the cotton rounds and watch the colours explode! – from A crafty living.

cotton round splat painting

This activity combines two different techniques – splatter painting and tape resist art. Just place pieces of tape all over a sheet of paper, either randomly or in your child’s own design, then use paint brushes to splatter paint over and between the tape.  When the paint is dry, you just remove the tape to reveal their designs – from Buggy and buddy.

splatter tape resist painting

This is a great fun big art activity where kids can paint and dance at the same time!  Place a large sheet of paper on the ground, put some paint in a shallow dish and turn the music on.  Your kids can jump around and dance to the music while they are creating an over-sized masterpiece with their feet – from Coffee cups and crayons.

freeze dance painting

Here is a variation on blow painting where you turn your art into a monster picture. First your kids need to draw the monster’s face with permanent marker, then add small amounts of watered down paint, give them a straw and let them blow the colours all around the monster’s face to create crazy looking hair – from Picklebums


Salt painting is an easy activity with beautiful results. Just squeeze glue onto card stock to create your designs, sprinkle salt over the glue, shake off the excess, then add watercolours to the salt and watch the colours spread. You can use this technique to write names or other words, or make rainbows, hearts, faces, squiggles and more! – from The artful parent.


Sand painting is a similar technique to salt painting, except you brush or squeeze tempera paint onto the canvas to create the design first. The paint then acts as a glue for the coloured sand you squeeze over it to add another level to the design. The squeezing is great for fine motor practice and the paint/sand combination produces some stunning effects. – from Meri Cherry.


Squish or blob painting is a great way to teach kids about the concept of symmetry while creating a beautiful artwork at the same time. Just fold a piece of paper in half, paint your design (with plenty of paint) on one side of the fold, then close the two sides together and press all over. Now it’s time to open it up and reveal your symmetry squish painting! You can talk about how both sides are a mirror image of the other and what is the same on each side – from Cutting tiny bites.


This is a fun twist on another classic action art technique – spin art using a bicycle wheel! Prepare your space for mess with a roll of butchers paper and attach paper circles to cover the bike’s wheel. Turn the bike upside down, make sure it’s stable, then have fun squirting the paint onto the paper while the wheel spins. Hot tip: use washable paint because it will get messy! – from Babble dabble do.


Marbling with shaving cream is a simple, sensory activity that produces gorgeous results. Just spread the shaving cream in a shallow tray, add liquid watercolours with a dropper and swirl the colours through the shaving cream to create the marbled effect. Place a sheet of paper over the top of the shaving cream, pat it down, lift it off and scrape the cream off the paper. You will have beautiful marbled designs that you can turn into cards or wrapping paper – from Homegrown friends.

marbled shaving cream painting

Finally, your kids can create pretty artwork by just using tissue paper and water. They simply brush the paper with water and stick down small torn pieces of coloured tissue paper any way they choose, overlapping the edges of the tissue paper and covering the whole page. Then they brush more water over the top and leave it to dry. When the tissue paper has completely dried, they peel it off to reveal the colourful design – from The imagination tree.

bleeding tissue paper art

What is your kids’ favourite process art activity?

This post is the last one in our series about process art for kids. Check out the other ones here:

The importance of process art for kids

Process art with unique painting tools

Process art with natural materials

Process art with printmaking

We would love to see their artwork – just post to Facebook or Instagram with #littlegreencrafters 🙂


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