We like to mix it up (literally) when it comes to painting. Miss Four thoroughly enjoys a painting experience that involves lots of mixing so I thought she might enjoy making some puffy paint and creating with it. I had my first experience with puffy paint when Miss Seven was two.
Flashback to first puffy paint experience (it is hard to believe that this precious little baby cuddled up to me is now Master Six and that is my gorgeous curly haired girl who is about to turn eight. It is harder to believe that I actually found this photo!):
Fast forward about six years and Miss Four is trying this same painting experience.
The beauty of this paint is that it is simple and quick to create, it requires common household ingredients and there is a wow factor when you pop it in the microwave to make the paint puff up. Miss Four loved the idea of measuring out the ingredients and mixing them together to create the puffy paint.
To make puffy paint:
We started with combining 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of salt and then adding some water until we achieved the desired consistency (not too runny, more like a paste consistency).
Separate this mixture into different containers. Add a drop (or two) of food colouring to colour each portion of paint mixture. Stir well.
Apply the paint on card, or watercolour paper and then place the finished painted creation in the microwave for about 20 seconds (keeping your eye on it) to make the paint puff up.
Miss Four’s favourite thing to paint at the moment is flowers so we now have a large collection of vibrant puffy paint flowers.
Miss Four used some different sized circle sponge stamp brushes to create most of the petals for the flowers. We also had cotton buds and thin paint brushes on hand too.
We ran out of water colour paper so Miss Four also tried painting on black cardboard.
For something a little different Miss Four covered black card with puffy paint and then we used cotton buds to draw flowers on this canvas.