Preschoolers love, love, love to mix paint colors, and I like some unique art for memory albums and/or classroom display. The orange/fuchsia diptych art quilt entitled “Now” by textile artist Laurie Brainerd provides just the right inspiration for children to color mix and have an interesting finished project. The unique paper shapes add interest to the painting project.
The Two-Part Paint Mixing Process
Cut out the two shapes displayed above on light pink or white fade-resistant construction paper.
Set out yellow and a little red tempera paint along with brushes for children to decorate the shape featured below.
Set out white and a little red tempera paint along with brushes for children to decorate the shape featured below.
(The red paint tends to dominate, so a small amount works best.)
Finishing The Look
After both projects dry, use glue tape to attach the pieces to a 12 x 12 piece of card stock. The art can be displayed on a wall and/or saved for a scrapbook style memory album.
About Laurie Brainerd’s Work
The art quilt “Now” (2008) is part of Laurie Brainerd’s series of abstract work around formal elements of design. Commercial, hand-dyed, and vintage fabrics were used in the pieces. I discovered the quilt in the gorgeous book “500 Art Quilts” by Karey Patterson Bresenhan.
Laurie Brainerd makes many unique art quilts. You can find out more about Laurie’s interesting and varied pieces on her website.
For another paint mixing art activity, view the post Book Inspired Calendar Art.
For an egg carton paint mixing set up, click here.
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© Annette Kaminsky