“Scrape Painting” with a credit card – kids can use this simple painting technique to create autumn art or a backdrop for a beautiful fall collage.
Looking for a new and interesting art project for kids? Have you ever tried painting with a credit card? This simple painting technique for kids is a creative way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colours and colour blending in a new way. The process is fun, and the results are always beautiful.
Whenever we try an abstract painting technique, we like to use our finished work as the canvas for another project.
So what is this simple painting technique for kids? We call it “Scrape Painting”. Let’s have a look!
Supplies needed for your scrape painting project:
- a “canvas” (we used styrofoam produce trays sterilized in the dishwasher)
- paints in Fall colours
- expired credit cards/gift cards
- items from nature
Painting with a credit card:
Lightly drizzle and dot your canvas with paint. Because the scraping process spreads the paint thin, a little goes a long way.
Now have your child drag a credit card through all of the paint colours.
Doesn’t it look amazing?
Young children tend to enjoy this paint technique so much that they repeat it over and over and end up blending all of their colours into one. Don’t sweat it. If they love what they’re doing, roll with it. The most important thing here, is not what the artwork looks like, but that they’re learning and creating, and having fun. They can always add a few more drops of paint to get those colours streaking through again, like we’re doing here:
When the hooligans were happy with their work, we left the paintings to dry, and we went for a walk through the neighbourhood to collect items from nature for our our collages.
We gathered leaves, seeds, pods, dried blooms and twigs, and back home, the hooligans glued them to their paintings.
Aren’t they lovely? What do you think? Will you give this simple painting technique a try with your kids?
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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. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.