Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Art Adventure: Snow Paint

My son needed to make a snowman for a school project, and this snow paint recipe is so easy that we decided to take pictures of the project and share the recipe with you.

Snow Paint

Shaving Cream (original, not gel)
school glue such as Elmer's
glitter (optional)
For snowman:
Large sheet of paper, any color
scraps of fabric, paper
any little extras like buttons or beads

To make the Snow Paint mix equal parts shaving cream and glue, add glitter if desired and stir. 

(I admit it can be hard to judge equal parts since one is fluffy and one is not, just make your best guess and it will likely be just fine.)

Gabe's adding more glitter because that's how he rolls.
Now it's time to make your snow man. You can lightly draw it first, or just go for it. With snow paint you use more of a dabbing motion than a typical brush stroke. The more you dab, the more the paint puffs off the paper.

While that starts to dry, get your details ready to glue on. We rolled a piece of orange paper to make a "carrot" nose.
Felt was used for both the hat and the "coal" mouth. A scrap of fabric made the scarf. Googly eyes are fun. And little star shaped buttons complete his ensemble. 

We used actual twigs for his arms. And all these pieces were glued down with school glue. We did not wait for the snow paint to completely dry before we started gluing.

When it's dry, it has a sort of velvety texture which is really neat.

If you ever want puffy paint for another project, you can use the same recipe and add food coloring or a small dab of paint to make colored puffy paint. The possibilities are numerous for sure. Have fun!

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