Friday, January 20, 2012


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This idea is from MaryAnn Kohl’s Preschool Art book (pg. 33, "Runnies"). I had tried this with Putti in the past as you can see here, but Putti had not liked it much then. 
The book says to drop a spoonful of watered down paint on the paper, then twist and turn the paper all around slowly, so the paint can run and create tracks!! 
We used a mixture of washable crayola paint and water. The mix was about half and half. You need to make sure that the paint will run. We used thick card stock. Be prepared for a little mess and make sure you cover your work surface.  Having a cookie tray or pan to hold the drips is very helpful. 

Putti started by spooning a little paint on her cardstock. 

Then, holding her paper over a cookie sheet, started turning and tilting the paper from side to side to create runnies.  She loved this. 

Here is her first finished masterpiece....

Next, she asked for pipette and paint brush to drop little droplets on her card stock.  Pipettes are great for helping to develop fine motor skills! 

The colors got mixed as they ran into each other, while she tilted and twisted,

 creating a unique design each time....

The colored droplets on the cookie sheet. 

You could place another card stock to collect all the droplets too..

 These runnies would make lovely thank you cards. You could write a message on the back, or glue them to colored paper. 

 I think they would look great framed too. 

Instant, bright and happy kid art for your walls!

Putti  loved that the paint runs in all different directions! She thought that was very cool! I love that each time the result would be different:) Great process, but also amazing product! Here's our lot from today drying...
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I love this idea! I will definitely share this with my class!

Wow, this is certainly a beautiful idea... Really simple and creative means to create something abstract... and seems lots of fun to do too !

This looks so fun...definitely something my kids might enjoy!


Putti loved it too! So simple yet so fun:) Hope ur class kids have fun too..

Thank you! Yes it is and the book is loaded with many more such ideas, which we plan to explore...

Thanks, she did have fun!! Hope ur kids enjoy too..

Hi Roopa, this is such a lovely idea. It looks so pretty and I'm sure the kiddies would love making one. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

These are great! Who would of thought this was a project? We will have to try this. My daughter loves more active art!

Hello Chris,
Welcome here and glad you liked these. Hope your kiddos love making them too. Thank you for the follow, im now off to check ur space:)

Thank you Melissa! Love ideas like these where there is not much of a 'how to' in it:)

Neat! I've never seen this done before. It's so simple and easy my 2 and 4 year olds should be able to do this too. This is one art activity that I think I'd love to make too.


That's fantastic! I really like the idea of a second piece of cardstock to catch the drips. You have have runny art, and dot art.:)

What fun & creative - it turned out super cute! Thanks for linking up to TGIF. Have a great week!!
Beth =-)

They look WONDERFUL! Such a simple and yet effective technique!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


This is such a great idea. I love the way they look - almost like a maze of pipes. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

awesome pics! Please add your blog to the Learn through play Monday linky party!!

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