Dry Painting

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Here’s a novel painting technique, the complete opposite of other options you might have tried with your toddler, like watercolor! I had a few packet of powdered dry paint leftover from a Holi celebration, and thought they might make the perfect art material for Veronika.

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To make a “paintbrush” for this activity, clip a cotton ball into a spring-type clothespin.

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Sprinkle a little powdered paint onto heavy watercolor paper. We used two to three different colors per sheet. Now simply use the cotton ball to swirl it around!

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Veronika was really into the dusty piles of paint, although not nearly as interested in the cotton ball “brush” as I thought she would be.

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But eventually the powders were swirled all over the paper.

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We then spritzed hairspray all over the picture to set the paint, which was arguably her favorite part of the activity! Brush off any extra powder, and let the “painting” set.

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The resulting artwork has a beautiful swirled look. We cut out little rectangles and folded them in half to send to family members as greeting cards in the mail!

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