Thursday, May 08, 2008

Tread Painting

Alli and I love to do painting projects and her art comes out so beautiful, we love it, we have some of it hanging framed in the house and she even worked on a 20x30 canvas for her Nana's birthday once that took her over a week...Landon loves to paint too, however...when he does the colors mix and it turns into something like split pea soup or even worse...poop!

I was trying to think of a way to get some of his colorful artwork on our walls as well and something that would be fun and different. On Trading Spaces a long time ago there were some cyclists or something like that, any way, the team doing their room took bicycle tires and ran them into paint and across canvases. SO...I though this would be a cool thing to do with cars that have different wheels...HE LOVED IT!

We used the Crayola kids paints that were washable, I just chose the colors I wanted and then a different car for each color as well as the cars own paper plate. Michaels has all of their canvases on sale for 25% off this week through Saturday so extra bonus! We did this on the tile floor just in case we decided to get crazy :)

He picked the car he wanted and went for it, I helped him by telling him when he needed to dip it and by rotating the canvas but that was about it, this little guy is an artist!

After all of the colors were used I took a blow dryer and dried the painting for a minute or so and then he used a larger car and white paint for something a little extra over the top of it all. The drying helped to not make it more pastel, but you probably knew that :)

He was so proud of his little piece. This is a view of our work space, virtually no mess and easy clean up. Alli uses acrylics but this was the best choice for a two year old. I stacked the paint plates and threw them away and then I washed the cars off with hot water. Voila! Cheap art and a happy kid!


Amanda said...

wow, very creative of you! you are doing a great job having three kids and keeping all of them happy :)

Candy said...

Let at you!! How fun!! Thanks for sharing. :) Landon looks quite proud of himself. I want to see some of Ali's materpieces.

Candy said...

I meant to say look at you!! :0

Melissa said...

That is awesome! I have wanted to try painting with Landon, but have been nervous. He will be two in June and I was thinking about doing a "Turning two paint project" I will have to keep this in mind! You are so creative! Where do you get these ideas?

destiny said...

That is AWESOME!! We are going to have to try that!! We love to paint at our house!! I'll have to start collecting those little cars that we don't mind getting dirty!
Thanks for sharing!

Autumn said...

Wow! I am totally impressed. If that was in a art gallery in NY it would be worth thousands of dollars.

Laura said...

That looks really cool! Great job, Landon! I don't know how you do it, Michelle!