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Blow Painting: Process art for kids and Adults!

Blow Painting

Blow painting is a fun process art activity for multiple age groups. Simply change the type of paint or pigment used for different effects and for different age groups. Read on to find out the general process plus check out my top 5 favorite projects using this technique! There are projects for preschoolers, school aged kids, and even adults…so read on.

 

Be sure to check out my top 5 favorite blow paint projects!

 

For this project you are going to need:

  • Thinned paint or ink, depending on the group you are painting with. More on that later!
  • A dropper or pipette
  • Paper or canvas, the type used needs to work well with the choice of paint/ink you are using. Being sure to use a high quality substrate that matches the intended project will always offer the best results. For kid’s projects I like to use a 90# mixed media paper or a watercolor paper. For adults I might use the watercolor paper, canvas, or specialty paper depending on the paint medium being offered.
  • A drinking straw.
  • Optional: Additional items to finish out your project, i.e googly eyes, glitter, sharpies, ect.

Process:

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  1. Prepare your paint. I love to use liquid watercolors but watered down tempera paints work well also for the first three projects. The 4th and 5th projects require their own special paints and papers/substraits.
  2. Drip your paint/ink onto your paper using the dropper. 90# mixed media paper or watercolor paper work best for this project. Thinner paper tends to rip too easy.
  3. Aim your straw at the paint drip and blow into the straw, allowing the paint to spread and splatter.
  4. Try turning your paper as you blow through your straw to spread the paint around more.
  5. Continue to drip paint and blow through the straw until you are satisfied with the result!

You can enjoy this projects as it is or extend it with one of the following project ideas to finish it out!

Check out my top 5 favorite blow paint projects below!

 

Project 1: Blow paint monsters

blow paint monster collage

Recommended Age:  Preschool – 9 years

Simply add one or more googly eyes to the paint splatter to create a blow paint monster. If the paint is really wet you can probably just add the googly eyes to the wet paint, otherwise you may need to use a dot of glue on each eye.

 

Project 2: Flower Gardens

flower collage

 

Recommended Age: 6-12 years

  1. Direct the children to aim towards the middle of the page to drip the paint and blow the splatters out. Encourage them to make several splatters, allowing colors to mix.
  2. Next give them some green paint. I like to use a couple of different shades of green to create a bit of depth.
  3. Have them hold their paper up or prop it up on an easel. Ask them to create the stems and grass for the flowers by using the gravity painting technique. Hold the dropper at the bottom of their blown out flower and allow the green to drip down the page.
  4. Create a few leaves by blowing through the straw at the green stem in a few places.
  5. Optional: Once the paint has dried completely allow the child to add details to the flowers or accent certain shapes using ultra fine point sharpies.

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Project 3: Blow paint portraits

hair collage

Recommended Age: 5-12 years

  1. Have the child draw a bald character on a piece of paper, being sure that they leave room for the hair! I find that a bust (head and shoulders works best for this project).
  2. Have the child use the dropper to drip the paint on the hairline.
  3. Use the straw to blow the hair out and away from the face.

 

Project 4: High flow acrylics on Canvas

liquid pour collage

Recommended Age: Teen- Adult

For this project I like to use canvas panels as opposed to paper. Canvas panels are also cheaper and a bit sturdier than stretched canvas. They do not tend to droop the way a stretched canvas might under the weight of pooled up paint. You can use high flow acrylics or you can make your own by adding a bit of elmer’s gel glue and water to your acrylic paints. The consistency should be similar to pancake batter.

Tip: These will take a long time to dry so I have found it useful to place the canvas in a box as I work. Gift boxes work well for this. You can also use plastic bottle caps to hold the canvas panels off of the bottom of the box so that as it dries it does not stick to the box.

  1. Set up your work space by placing the canvas on a level flat surface. See the tip above for ideas incase you might need to move the piece prior to drying.
  2. You can either pour your high flow acrylics directly onto your canvas or you can add smaller amounts by using a dropper/pipette as described above in the other projects.
  3. Use the straw to help move the paints around you canvas by blowing into it. You can also tilt the canvas and allow gravity to move the paint.

Note: Part of the fun of this type of painting is letting go of the control. Allow yourself to enjoy watching the paint move and flow. Remember that often the paint will continue to move a bit as it dries, so it will likely continue to change form as it dries.

 

Project 5: Alcohol Inks

alcohol inks collage

Recommended Age: Teen to Adult

For this project you are going to need a few more specialty items:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Alcohol Inks, my favorite brand is Ranger.
  • Yupo Paper
  • Small plastic paint pallet
  • Droppers/pipette
  • Straw
  • Optional: small paint brush, old plastic gift card, alcohol wipes

Process:

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  1. You can drip inks directly from the bottle onto your yupo paper if you wish.
  2. Use the straw to blow the ink around. The ink will continue to blow around until the alcohol evaporates.
  3. Alternately you can mix a few drops of alcohol with a few drop of the ink in your pallet and use the dropper or a small brush to add it to the yupo paper.
  4. Play with ways to manipulate the ink by blowing through the straw, painting into it with the paint brush and more ink or even plain alcohol, or scraping it with the plastic card.

Note: The inks can be reactivated with more alcohol and reworked.

*To clean up your alcohol ink tools use the rubbing alcohol rather than water.

I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I do! I would love to hear your experiences. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

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Until next time,

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About Me

My inspirations

Girl Reading Paper $80
Original watercolor inspired by a vintage photo.

As an artist I am a bit all over the place! I often describe myself as having art ADD, lol. I have never been able to lock myself down to a signature style or medium. I really enjoy trying new things. There are however some recurring themes in my art.

 

Inspirations…

I am inspired by Fashion, more accurately by vintage fashion! I even majored in Fashion Design in College. I am inspired by all types of dance. I am not much of a dancer myself, though I do enjoy dancing from time to time. I simply love the combination of strength and grace in the bodies of dancers. I am also inspired by circus arts, especially vintage circus performers!  I am intrigued by subcultures and counterculture movements throughout the various decades especially flappers, burlesque culture, circus culture, and punk culture. I draw a lot of inspiration from these and I am inspired other artists who do the same. I enjoy all things feminine and delicate yet strong, especially images of strong women.

I love to explore color and texture, combining abstract flowy forms with precise and controlled forms. I love the color green! I am inspired by the crisp geometric Art Deco shapes and patterns as well as the delicate and ornate ones associated with Art Nouveau. I love fiber arts especially wool. It is just so warm and fuzzy! My current medias of choice to work in are alcohol inks, and watercolor. As I mentioned before though I really enjoy trying out new mediums and tools so I am quite often scattered in my artistic efforts. 

My time is quite limited for doing my own artwork, but I spend a considerable amount of time facilitating process art for both kids and adults. I get to do a lot of creative play and experimentation which I love to do!

Here are a few examples of my art…

Jennifer MacIsaac Art
Tango Dancers in watercolor, Altered magazine image embroidery, Portrait of Josephine Baker in alcohol inks, Art deco gal in acrylic

My top 5 favorite artists!

These artists have all been inspirational to me in my own work.

1. Erte

 

erte collage
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Erte was a Russian born, French artist most famous for his art deco fashion designs. He designed over 200 Harper’s Bazaar covers in the 1920s and 30s. I love the use of pattern and whimsy in his designs. The Art Deco period is one of my absolute favorites!

 

2. Gustav Klimt

Klimt collage
Images via Web Search

Klimt was an Austrian artist who worked  in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is a symbolist painter and part of the Art Nouveau movement. I am particularly inspired by his “Golden Phase” I love his use of color and pattern.

 

These next three artists are currently living and working so I have not included photos of their work since I do not have permission to do so. 

Please click on the links below to see some beautiful examples of their work from their own pages!

 

3. Cynthia Markert

Cynthia Markert is a local favorite here in Knoxville TN. She paints images of strong women and sisterhood on wood panels. She has a beautiful Art Deco style. I am inspired by her use of proportion and her mixture of large flat shapes and detailed pattern. I also love her use of color.

4. Puddleton Art

I found Puddleton art otherwise known as Alice Badgley, on Etsy one day while I was browsing and I fell in love. It is my goal to own a piece of her art one day (Update, I have a beautiful little pice now)!  I am inspired by her whimsical style and her use of mixed media to create these beautiful images of 1920s fashion.

 

5. Mimi Kirchner

Mimi Kirchner is a fiber artist from Boston. She makes these amazing dolls, many of which are inspired by vintage eras. She uses bits of old fabric and buttons in her designs. I love the vintage feel and her attention to detail. My favorites are her circus looking dolls , but they are all so unique and fun!

 

I would love to hear some of your inspirations as artists. Feel free to share some of what inspires you to create or a favorite artist of yours in the comments below!

my art
Various watercolors and alcohol ink paintings from this past year.