Painting a large canvas is fun and a great pastime for kids. We have put together ideas for cheerful paintings and numerous creative painting techniques for you. The suggestions are perfect for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
Painting canvas: what colors should you use with the kids?
If you want to paint a wall of land with the children, you can choose between oil, acrylic or gouache.
- If you choose oil paints, you need a canvas that has a rough texture. The advantage of this canvas is that the defects are less noticeable. Before you start painting, you should choose the right surface. Here you have the choice between a water-based primer and a turpentine-based one. If you want to paint something with smaller children, then the water-based primer is suitable. Children aged nine and over can also apply a turpentine primer.
- Acrylic paints are also perfect for the canvas. The advantage: You don’t need to apply a primer and you can paint directly on the canvas.
- Gouache is a special type of water color made from coarsely ground pigments and chalk. These colors can be applied quickly and easily.
You can draw the desired motifs with oil pastels and then paint them.
Painting canvas: smear the paint with alcohol
The first idea is suitable for children from 7 years of age. Children in primary school in particular have the skills necessary to draw a spiral and then paint it. Let the child combine the colors as they wish. The picture should be completely painted, no empty areas should be left on the canvas. To do this, use oil pastel to draw the details precisely, and then use water or acrylic paints to fill them in. In the meantime, you can fill an empty and clean spray bottle with alcohol. Spray the painting with alcohol while the paints are still wet. Then the child can smear them with a flat brush and create smooth gradients.
Paint the canvas with oil paints and decorate with buttons
Would you like to paint something with the children? Then the next idea is for you. First apply a water-based primer, then the children can paint the canvas blue. You can paint the nuances of the sky together with the help of various shades of light blue and white paint. Then, using a flat brush and using pastel colors like pink, yellow, white, sky blue, and purple, paint a rainbow. Also paint two clouds under the rainbow and let the colors dry completely, preferably overnight. Then select buttons tone-on-tone with the colors of the rainbow and glue them on the painting. You can implement this idea for a three-dimensional image in many different ways. You can ask the children to draw a tree and then stick red buttons (for fruit) on it.
Decorate the canvas with superheroes and themes from the comic books
Children love superheroes and their adventures. With a template and the right gouache colors, you can conjure up exciting motifs on the canvas that are inspired by comic books. First, apply a base tone and let it dry. You can use a brush or a sponge for this purpose. In the meantime, you can make a template and cut it out. Most craft shops also have ready-made templates on the topic of “superheroes” that you can use as well. Have the children transfer the outlines of the template onto the canvas and fill in the city silhouettes and superhero motifs.
Painting canvas: ideas for toddlers with acrylic paints
If your children are between three and seven years old, you can paint the canvas with acrylic paints. For the next craft idea you need a self-adhesive film and a pack of cling film. Cut out a template from the self-adhesive film. The children’s names are well suited, but you can of course use templates with animal silhouettes or other child-friendly motifs of your choice. After you fix the template on the canvas, put different colors on the canvas. You can opt for nuances from the same color family or create exciting contrasts with a colorful mixture of colors. Then cover the canvas with cling film and let the children press the film with both hands and smear the colors as desired. Finally, carefully remove the cling film and let the colors dry. Then you can also remove the template with the children’s names.
Painting with the children: Easter bunny on canvas
Prepare yourself for Easter with a creative and very beautiful spring decoration with Easter bunnies. With a water-based primer and oil paints, you can paint a background in delicate lavender first, and then paint an Easter bunny silhouette in sky blue. Finally, glue a bobble to the bunny.
Painting on canvas: Paint motifs with colorful pebble flowers with children
If you are looking for a colorful and creative project then the next suggestion is for you. You can paint colorful dandelions with the children. For this purpose, use oil paints or, best of all, finger paints. Draw the flower stem with an oil pen and let the child dip their fingers in the colors. Then they can press their fingers on the picture and a colorful dandelion is created quickly and easily. You can also use finger paints to paint other motifs.
Painting with children: paint beautiful motifs with bubble wrap
If you don’t have water-based paints then you can use bubble wrap to create charming patterns. Bees and beeswax or sweet dandelions: Use the bubble film as a stamp to get the motifs onto the canvas.
Painting canvas: ideas for children
Children love to create geometric patterns. With brushes of different sizes and three colors, several squares can be drawn onto the canvas without much effort.
Optionally, ask the child to paint geometric shapes and then use a brush to blend them together. The end result is an abstract picture that can decorate the wall in the living room.
Preschoolers love to paint with their hands and feet. In order for you to be able to take a beautiful picture with a hand or footprint, you need finger paints. Here are some ideas of what motifs you can paint with a handprint: a fish, an elephant, a bird. You can transform the footprints into a butterfly or a bee.
There are numerous variations of what you can paint with water, oil or gouache. The next idea is very similar to the idea with the cling film and the children’s names. But there are also numerous differences. Here’s how: glue or paint a nice message on the canvas. Then you can add several blobs and smear them with a dry handkerchief.
For the last idea you will need paper tape. Tape the canvas in such a way that geometric shapes are created. The children can then paint or stamp them as they wish. Do not remove the tape until the colors have dried. You can hang this modern art on the wall in the nursery.
Drawing beautiful pictures with the children is fun for young and old. Let yourself be inspired by the ideas and implement them creatively.