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Canvas Painting with Kids

Canvas Painting with Kids
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Melissa Allen
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It's easy and fun to create beautiful wall art with children. I love painting with my kids and we have made such great art that holds great memories for all of us. Now that is the kind of art I want on my walls!

How We Did It

Canvas Painting with Kids
I always have the kids start with a sketch when we are creating canvas art. It is easier for them to paint in their drawings rather then just paint the image they are trying to achieve. We use an oil pastel right on the canvas to do this. I have my children take turns adding to the art. This way they are getting a clear look at what they are creating and talk over what should be added. It's a great way for them to work together.
Canvas Painting with Kids
Next, the paint comes out! We use acrylic paints to fill in the drawings. I usually help with this part by filling in the empty space. I encourage my kids to use one color at a time to keep it from turning into a large brown canvas.
Canvas Painting with Kids
This is what we ended up with. Pretty good just as it is, but I did add a few more touches on my own.
Canvas Painting with Kids
With a foam brush and a rag I blotted white paint on top and rubbed it in to soften some areas of our painting. I also went over a few details with gold paint. This is an optional step.
Canvas Painting with Kids
We all had to sign our art, of course!
Canvas Painting with Kids
This is one of my new favorites. We went with an ocean theme to go in my son's nautical themed bedroom. I love that this captures my children's little drawings at these precious ages and that I get to look at it on the wall each and every day. It just makes me happy.

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