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Ditch the Paintbrush With These DIY Art Projects

Have you ever thought about creating some artwork without a typical paintbrush?

Margo Gothelf · 11 months ago

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever painted with a paintbrush. It’s easy, right? Well, have you ever thought about creating some artwork without a typical paintbrush? Spoiler alert: It’s even better! Not only is painting without a paintbrush more fun, it’s a great activity for the whole family.

Check out the ideas below for how your family can create a DIY masterpiece without using a paintbrush.

1. Bubble Wrap Galore

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Jonathan Knowles / Getty Images

Next time you receive an extra-large package in the mail, make sure to keep the bubble wrap! Bubble wrap can be used as a stamp to create fun patterns and textures. Simply brush the paint on one side of the bubble wrap and press it down on a piece of paper. Follow along with this tutorial from Fatema's Art Show on YouTube to see an example.

2. Smell The Flowers

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Yagi Studio / Getty Images

Save this one for the spring! Once the flowers are back in bloom, pick a few of your favorites. Try to look for a few that have big petals. With your supplies ready to go, dip the flowers in the paint, completely covering the petals. Then use them as stamps to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Don't want to wait for the warm weather for fresh flowers? Use fake or fabric flowers for a similar effect. Head to The Art Kit Blog to get started.

3. On Your Marks, Get Set, GO!

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Yasser Chalid / Getty Images

If you have a truck lover in the family, this project should be especially appealing for them! Use the wheels of a toy car or truck to make fun designs on paper. If you have a long hallway or space outside, cover the entire space with a giant poster board or construction paper. Once the area is fully covered, it’s racing time. See how far the trucks can go on the paper and measure their tracks. Race over to Learn, Play, Imagine’s blog to get the full picture.

4. Painting With Candy

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wundervisuals / Getty Images

Calling all candy lovers, this one's for you. Lollipops are known for turning your tongue different colors, but did you know they can also turn paper different colors? Simply soak some different color lollipops in water for about five to 10 minutes. Once they’ve had a good soak, grab the stick and use the candy as the paint. The candy might not leave the biggest mark with color, but it will sure leave a fruity smell on the paper. Get the low down on painting with lollipops on the No Time For Flashcards blog.

5. Citrus Stamps

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paul mansfield photography / Getty Images

Who knew that you could use everyday fruits and vegetables to paint? Sliced citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, or oranges make the perfect stamps. Simply slice the oranges in rounds and brush some craft paint in the middle of the fruit. Then, use the citrus slice like a typical stamp. The rind and the orange segments should produce an interesting abstract pattern.

6. A Cool Way To Paint

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Фадеев Олег / Getty Images

Painting with watercolor ice cubes is basically advanced finger painting. In order to get different color ice cubes, fill an ice tray halfway and add liquid watercolors to each section. Then, let the ice freeze until solid. When the ice is ready to go, pop it out of the mold and get to work before it melts. The colors will run, creating a one-of-a-kind design. The MOMtessori Life blog has all the details for you to get started.

7. A Good Cup of Tea

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Maya23K / Getty Images

Tea doesn’t have to be just for drinking. Do you know it can stain paper too? For this activity, you’ll need cardstock or watercolor paper, a spray bottle filled with water, and a variety of tea bags. Try to use fruit-flavored tea bags to get different colors when painting. When you are ready to go, place the tea bags on the paper and spray them with the water. The tea will spread out and create unique designs. The more water you add, the more wild the design will get! Head over to Fantastic Fun and Learning to see the tea in action.

8. Blow Those Bubbles

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twomeows / Getty Images

Let’s be real. There is probably a half-filled bottle of bubbles sitting in your house somewhere. This fun DIY activity will use up the extra bubbles in a way that’s exciting and creative. Mix about three tablespoons of bubbles with two tablespoons of tempera paint. Then, stir the bubbles and paint together until the mixture is well combined. Now comes the fun part. Blow the bubbles like you normally would, but make sure it’s in the direction of the paper. The bubbles will land on the paper and pop, making different patterns and designs. Check out the details on Typically Simple’s blog.

9. All About The Kitchen

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Westend61 / Getty Images

Kitchen utensils come in all shapes and sizes, which make them perfect for creating fun designs when painting. Try using utensils like a potato masher, a pastry brush, or a fork. Dip each of them in paint and let your imagination run wild. Check out Little Bins Little Hands to get the full experience.