It's this love of process art, that makes me so happy to be taking part in the Process Art Monthly Challenge, with other like-minded bloggers! Be sure to scroll to the end of this post and check out the links below to see how others are exploring with plastic bottles this month!
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I have a confession to make. When Bubbles was little we did a process art activity almost every day-she and I both delighted in exploring all the artistic mediums in different ways. Our art wall at home is still adorned with the results of some of these explorations. However, Squiggles and I barely do any art together. I find that everytime I get out the paint or glue with Squiggles I am on edge. She loves it. But the way Squiggles likes to engage with paint makes me cringe! She loves to explore it with her whole body and any paint activity generally ends with paint on her hands, arms, torso and the furniture and floor surrounding her. I just find that it's easier to give her watercolours or pencils rather than anything that might make a mess!
I am trying to overcome this aversion though! It all washes off in the end right?
Rather than come up with a special process art activity, this month, I decided to simply set up the table and invite the girls to create their way. I simply placed some watered down poster paints (because the paint is easier to clean off things when it's watered down!), PVA glue, scissors, paintbrushes and a hole punch on our art table. Originally I thought I'd also provide some A4 sheets of card but knowing how Squiggles likes a large canvas I opted to cover the table in butchers paper instead.
Bubbles, my little artist, was the first to find the table. She immediately popped a painting top on and began printing with the bottles.
Seeing Bubbles painting Squiggles asked if she could too. I took a deep breath, let it go and told her ofcourse. She asked what we were doing and rather than give her any direction I told her she could create anything she liked. She looked over at Bubbles and then at the bottles-"I'm going to paint with the bottom of the bottle!"
Bubbles then had a go at printing with the bottoms of her bottles-she loved the rectangular shapes the empty juice bottles made.
As the girls painted, I decided to play their new CD from Chaos at Play. The girls absolutely loooove Chaos at Play and had great fun singing, "Rainbow Out of My Bum" and bopping their bottles in time to the music on the paper. I always think it's fun to add a little bit of music when we're painting.
Squiggles spent a good 5minutes printing with her bottles (a long time for her to spend on one activity!). Bubbles then asked if they could have the bottle lids to paint with too. Bubbles had fun printing with the lids but Squiggles decided to paint them with a brush...which then led to the inevitable whole hand printing!