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Open Ended Art

on July 13, 2009
Yes it’s another blog carnival! I came across this blog when reading a post by Susana from Our Homeschool Fun:


Her carnival is about Open Ended Art, which is basically when you give your child the materials and then get completely hands-off and see what results. The more specific principles can be found here.
Last weeks topic was Puffy Paint. There is a recipe involving flour and water on the site but I’m not keen on using flour in craft materials because of maggots and stuff so I had a scout around and found a different recipe using shaving cream and glue instead. It’s 2 parts shaving cream to one part glue. Mix and add food colouring as required.

We put in the food colouring first, with the glue. Froglet chose blue and yellow and we tried not to mix it too well, but in the process of trying to get it into a squeezy bottle it all got thoroughly mixed anyway. We discovered that our squeezy bottle was bit large for this sort of thing. Next time I would just make the white mix in the big bottle and then squeeze a bit of it into several small bottles along with a colour. But we would need small bottles, which I haven’t managed to find yet.

You can see some rice got stuck to this one!

After the first couple of pictures we decided to add some more yellow colour (straight into the bottle, which Froglet then shook a bit) and some green glitter. We could have put in more really, then it would be more noticeable.

Several days later the paint is still puffy but a bit wrinkly as it has shrunk. I’m late posting, of course, so didn’t get in on the McLinky, but we enjoyed doing this and will definitely participate again! This weeks topic will be Tissue Paper.

3 responses to “Open Ended Art

  1. those are great! I'll have to try the glue shaving cream one!

    I added your Linky!

  2. UGH i'm sorry it won't even allow me the adminstrator of that linky to enter it! we are having issues and this is the 2nd time i'm not happy!:( its not suppose to end till tomorrow! I'll add your link though so how

  3. It's a great project! Our puffy paint was not nearly as puffy as yours – this mouse looks really nice.

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