Sponge Canvas Art for Kids

Project 3: We made modern canvas art using sponges, acrylic paint and foam stars.

This is our third modern art painting. After watching the HGTV show Design on a Dime, my 9 year old daughter and I were inspired to create several pieces of modern art. This piece was for her bedroom. The plan was to use sponges to create a blended galaxy background for a few stars.

 First, light circles and arcs were drawn on the canvas with pencil. Each area was slated for one of four colors; cream, orange, pink or purple.

 Beginning with the lightest color, sponges were dipped into the paint and then dabbed onto the canvas to fill the area.

 Using sponges to fill a canvas with color worked very well to cover all the white spaces. When brushes were used in project 2, streaks were visible once the paint was dry.

 Once all the canvas was filled, foam stars were painted with color. Surprisingly, they held the color very well.

 The stars were attached to the canvas with a hot glue gun to finish the project.

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  1. Oh my goodness, this is just so cute! you did a great job. You made it look so easy, but I know mine would not turn out that good! Stopping by from Thursday Favorite Things party.

  2. So cute! I love this idea and think my boys will enjoy it too.


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