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{Sponge Painting} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

July 5th, 2013

I’m always looking for fun art ideas for both boys, so when my oldest chose this Usbourne Art book from the store recently, I was really pleased with all the different art techniques it encompassed inside. The techniques vary from beginner to advance, and I was able to adapt some of them for my younger […]

 

I’m always looking for fun art ideas for both boys, so when my oldest chose this Usbourne Art book from the store recently, I was really pleased with all the different art techniques it encompassed inside. The techniques vary from beginner to advance, and I was able to adapt some of them for my younger son to do as well. One of them was ┬áprinting, using an eraser. I didn’t have any big erasers on hand to cut up, but I did have sponges, so we cut up a couple of sponges into body parts, and printed and painted away. It was a HUGE hit. It occupied both boys for about an hour, printing out their little people with the sponges, printing out designs, and putting in details with markers and crayons. I would highly recommend it as a good way to learn about body parts, pattern recognition, and just some plain old messy fun!

What You’ll Need

  • sponges
  • paint
  • paper
  • scissors
  • **optional** markers or crayons to draw in more features or details
  • **optional** big erasers instead of sponges

 

Isn’t this just adorable?

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My pile of cut sponges (this is two different kitchen sponges cut)

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You can see how I marked off the sponge to cut out my body parts, and what an assembled sponge person looked like at the end.

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My kids did spend some time just playing with the sponges, making people, rabbits, and other shapes as well before we started painting. A by-product I didn’t expect, I ended up letting them play with the cut sponges in a bowl of water when they were finished painting as well.

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Dip sponge into paint. Press into paper.

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It was fun cutting out different shapes as well, I cut out a triangle body here.

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Dip, press, then add details with markers.

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Have plenty of rags on hand, as my kids also started to sponge paint themselves as well.

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Look at that concentration!

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Dip, press, add details with marker. And repeat.

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Check out the final results! A pogo jumping man. A diver in a pool. All from the same pile of sponges.

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Cowabunga!

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The fun thing about sponges is that, you can bend them to make bendy arms and legs as well.

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You can also use different colors, my oldest here made our family. Happy crafting!

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Lasso the Moon

 

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