7.01.2012

handmade // baby art


babies can make art, too!  painting is so much fun and full of opportunities to learn.  in my opinion, it should not be an activity reserved for only the older kiddos.  and wait for it, painting with babies can be mess free!  that's right.  no more eating paint in between brush strokes and getting that colorful goo in places you didn't even expect possible...like behind ears, between toes, and under high chairs.  don't get me wrong, messy art can be half the fun when creating, we know this from experience.  however, the other day we only had an hour before nap time and i wanted stella to have some fun the art department sans mess.  so i racked my brain and did a little scavenger hunt for non-traditional art supplies around our home and came up with the following:


- paint
- paper
- plasic ziplock bags
- poster container {any container that closes would do}
- beads from an old necklace {you could use marbles}

on the floor dressed in actual clothes {stella is usually a nudist painter} baby girl mixed the vibrant colors and shook herself silly with a heightened degree of concentration.  she had a ball touching the paint through the bag and watching shapes take form with each drag of her little finger.  we experimented with three different abstract art crafts and here's how your babies can, too!

1. poster container art: put paper in a poster container {or any container you don't mind getting covered with paint} with beads/marbles and lots of different colors of paint.  close it up and enjoy shaking the container while making cool noises.  stella liked it when i showed her how to do this so she knew what to do when it was her turn.  the more you shake the more crazy your art will be!  this type of art works well with more colors. 

2. finger paint art:  enclose a piece of paper inside a plastic ziplock bag along with paint.  zip it shut and make letters in the paint feeling the gooey mess without getting any actual paint on your fingers.  the more watery the paint, the easier it will spread.



3. marble bag art: enclose a piece of paper inside a plastic ziplock bag along with paint and marbles/beads.  zip it shut and shake it up!  i think this one was stella's favorite because she could move and groove while seeing the paint through the clear bag.  



note:  i used heavy duty watercolor paper and cut it to size {8x10} pre-painting.  we are in the midst of creating an art  gallery for baby girl's masterpieces this summer and wanted the option to frame her art.  stay tuned for that.  :)

i hope this little craft inspires you to try making some abstract art with your babies at home!  it's also a great way to teach your wee one about colors and shapes, too.  happy painting! 

*linking up with monday mom musings and monday meet up*

31 comments:

  1. So cute! What a great idea! Hey - question - how do you become a sponsor here? Would you be interested in swapping buttons? My sponsor page has all the info if you're interested! xo.

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    1. thanks mama! you should try it out with mister wyatt :) i would love to swap with ya! what size do you need?

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  2. so cute !!

    http://leawiest.tumblr.com/

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    1. glad you think so! thanks for stopping by and i hope you have a wonderful week!

      xo, amanda

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  3. This is really cool. You should frame them. It's definitely art.

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    1. thank you shelly :) i think i will be making a trip to target for some frames! thanks for stopping by and i hope you have a wonderful week!

      xo, amanda

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  4. Oh my goodness, this post is SO precious. I LOVE This idea!! I will definitely be doing it...you know when I FINALLY have this baby! (Due on Thursday)

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    1. oh my mama CONGRATS!!!! thinking of you and your little one! have fun painting {in a few months....}

      xo, amanda

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  5. love every single one of these photos and what a great idea! I'm your newest follower--so glad I stumbled on your blog!

    Come on over and follow along my colorful blog...I think you'd really like it (but maybe I'm a little bias?! haha)

    xoxo
    Aarean
    colorissue.blogspot.com

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    1. hello there and thank you for your sweet comments! i am heading over to your lovely blog as we speak! have a wonderful weekend :)

      xo, amanda

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  6. This is such a good idea! Does your little one try to open up the ziploc bags? I'm afraid my little guy will get hung up on that, but we're going to try it anyway. I'd love to start his own art wall!

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    1. thanks christi! she did not open the bag but i did get some paint on the ziplock part when i was putting that in so i double bagged it and that seemed to do the trick to keep the mess away :) have fun making art and creating a little gallery :)

      xo, amanda

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  7. So cute---just found your blog via Jellibean Journals---super cute:) Just followed and can't wait to read more! Come check us out at http://www.thechirpingmoms.com!

    -Julie

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    1. thanks for stopping over julie! i will be heading over to your neck of the woods today :) hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

      xo, amanda

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  8. Hi Amanda! I really enjoyed reading your art ideas for baby! She looks so happy and the ideas and results are amazing! I'm popping over from Monday Meet Up and am now following you via Google Friend Connect. Please check out my parenting blog (I have 5 blogs) and it would be great if you wanted to follow back.

    Have a great week ahead!

    Tina - mom of 4, author and blogger

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    1. Oops! My parenting blog is at http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com
      The star of my blog is my youngest daughter, Amanda. It's a great name and it means worthy of love, but you probably already knew that. :)

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    2. hi there! thank you so much for stopping over and for your kind comments :) i will be sure to check out your blogs! have a beautiful weekend, mama!

      xo, amanda

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  9. Hi, I'm a new reader coming over from Monday Mom musings! Love the art! lol about the nudist painter insight!!!

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    1. thank you for popping over from monday mom musings! hope you have a great weekend :)

      xo, amanda

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    1. thanks lisa! i will email you soon about guest posting! hope you are having a great weekend :)

      xo, amanda

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  11. I never would have thought of that, and what a cool idea. I don't have kids yet but I would love to do this someday. You should put this on pinterst, so creative.

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    1. thank you brittany! it worked so well having her paint without the mess....even though sometimes messes are quite fun :) hope you are having a great weekend!

      xo, amanda

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  12. when i have little kiddos running around my house, i will definitely try out this art idea! your daughter is adorable and she did a wonderful job painting :)

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    1. thank you so much for you sweet comments andrea :) hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

      xo, amanda

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  13. I. Love. This! Trying with my almost 2 year old ASAP! I don't even think we have trying painting with her yet...gasp! Now we can to this and/or messy sesh! Thanks for the reminder about little artist projects!

    hardinghappenings.com

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    1. thanks, girl! you guys will have so much fun with this little project :) happy painting!

      xo, amanda

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  14. Oh this is adorable! I think childrens art is the best. And this project wasn't even messy which is a bonus. Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. thank you allison! i love kiddo art, too. the innocence mixed with all those colors is just perfection :) hope you are having a great weekend!

      xo, amanda

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  15. Oh ma gard this is totally amazing. Where did you get such a wonderful idea ? Your baby is a total genius. People will commission her to make stuff like that for their homes. Kerching !

    http://myfroley.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much for you kind comments and for stopping over :) hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

      xo, amanda

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