I am SO excited to show you our latest paper weight craft! My boys and I made these pour-painted paper weights recently, and oh my goodness, I am in love with the results!
With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to get these beauties out to you because I know your crafty kids will be looking to give Dad something homemade and from the heart on his special day.
I think you’re going to love pour painting. It’s one of our favourite art techniques.
The process is really easy and absolutely mesmerizing. My 15 and 18 year old were fascinated, and you should’ve heard me ooh-ing and ahh-ing. It’s so cool to watch the slick, fluid designs appear as the paint colours puddle and collide.
There are no brushes involved, or any other tools for that matter. It’s just paint and gravity doing their thing together.
LOOK AT THIS!!!
Let me show you how it’s done.
For our Pour-Painted Paper Weights, you’ll need:
- smooth, clean beach stones
- acrylic craft paint – variety of colours
- cookie cooling rack
- tray or pan to collect the run-off
- craft varnish if desired
Prepare your stones:
Ok, let’s start with your stones. You want your stones to be clean of any dirt and debris so the paint will adhere to them.
I always get questions about our stones. Aren’t they great? We have a beach nearby, and the sand is strewn with thousands of them. We bring home a bucket or two every time we’re at the beach which is why I have so many stone crafts and activities here on my blog.
To dry your stones quickly, you can set them in the sun, blast them with the hair dryer, or place them in a warm oven.
OK, now the fun begins!
Set your cooling rack on top of a baking sheet, cake pan or tray… anything with a raised edge. The cooling rack will allow excess paint to run off of your stone, and the pan or tray will catch it.
Begin by dribbling a generous amount of paint onto your rock. When you’ve got a nice puddle there, grab a second colour, and squeeze a generous amount on to the first. Repeat with a third and a fouth…
These photos will give you an idea of the process.
If there are bare areas that your paint hasn’t covered, just squeeze some on to that area, and drizzle another colour or two on top.
Here are a couple of smaller stones that we painted. Check out the swirls of colour on the green one! Isn’t it crazy how that happens?
And look at the beautiful and growing puddle of paint underneath the rack! Isn’t that just gorgeous?
It’s so cool to watch the paint colours push each other around as they flow and drip on top of one another.
It’s actually quite relaxing and therapeutic to observe.
Should you thin your paints first?
We were using our acrylics full-strength, but they were pretty thick. You could definitely pour your paint into a little cup first, and thin it with a BIT of water. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how much water to add, because I’ve never thinned ours. Just start with a few drops, and see how it goes.
What about the wasted paint?
There will definitely be run off. You might be thinking that this is an expensive project, but it’s not at all.
I buy our acrylics at the dollar store – they’re vibrant and the quality is great but they’re really inexpensive. When you consider the rocks didn’t cost us a thing, our paper weights probably come in at about a dollar or less a piece.
Not bad at all for such a beautiful gift, wouldn’t you say?
If you’d like to give your paper weights a little extra sheen and a bit of protection, you can brush on a coat or two of matte craft varnish once the paint has fully dried.
We haven’t varnished ours yet, but I likely will. I want these to last forever!
If you make our paper weights, or even if you just try the pour painting process, let me know how your project turned out!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.