Neon Splatter Paint Art

Sometime around 1990, almost every birthday party I went to ended up at the Art Castle in Troy. In addition to painting a variety of ceramic figurines, you could splatter paint your own T-shirt in the back of shop. From that point on, most of my fourth-grade wardrobe consisted of dried-paint shirts – which were, of course, knotted on the side! As I continue to read more and more craft posts based on using neon colors, I can't help but have flashbacks to the early 1990s and our love of all things splatter paint, which did use quite a bit of neon paint…

Instill a bit of Jackson Pollock in your budding artists by letting them loose with a palette of paint – and a blank canvas that will become a family work of art!

Materials

  • DecoArt Americana Neon paint (your choice of colors)
  • Paint brushes in different sizes (one for each color)
  • Large cardboard box
  • Paper plate
  • Newspapers
  • Plain white piece of fabric/scarf/bandana
  • Scissors
  • Picture frame

Instructions

1. To get started, pick a space to work and place some newspapers around you. You'll be using the box to contain your mess, but a paint drop or two will most likely going flying during this project!

2. Cut a section of the bandana to fit the size of the frame you chose. (Why a bandana? I like how the paint takes to it. And, depending on the type of frame you choose, you can remove the glass and have the finished piece look like a gallery-ready piece of art!) Place the fabric inside the box
3. Create your palette by squeezing each of your colors onto the paper plate. If you're feeling extra artsy, cut a hole for your thumb for the official artist look.
4. It's time to splatter! Work with one color at a time. Flick your wrist to get big drops of paint on the fabric. Quick shakes of the brush can spread the paint on your fabric in all directions. Experiment with the brush and how you manipulate it for fun results.

5. Let the piece dry inside the box for a few hours before removing.

6. Once the paint is dry, place it in your frame. If you have big paint drips, those will press to the glass once it's framed, so consider taking the glass out.

How does it feel to be the next up-and-coming artist? Don't forget, the Make It blog can be a canvas for your work! Just email a photo of your creation to me, lish@www.metroparent.com. I may feature it in a future Make It blog!

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