I was inspired after seeing Nancy’s watercolor post over at at Small Things With Love. She did hers a bit differently and used different kinds of paint, but it’s the same basic concept. I can also see why she had her toddler paint so many… Raya absolutely LOVED this project and wanted to keep going!
What you’ll need:
Paper – any size for your project is fine!
Adhesive craft vinyl
Age-appropriate paint and optional brushes, sponges, or stamps
A damp paper towel
I used my Cameo to cut the elephant and Raya’s name, but you don’t need a machine for this project. You can use scrapbook punches or even sketch or trace a design onto the paper side of your vinyl, and cut it out with scissors or a utility knife. If you are tracing out letters, be sure to reverse them – they need to be backward since you’re tracing onto the back side of your vinyl.
I cut my white vinyl and stuck it onto a piece of white paper. You don’t have to use white – any color will work, I just liked the color combination.
Then, I just let Miss Raya do her thing. Now, a famous quirk of my daughter’s is that she hates to get messy. She won’t touch fingerpaints! So since I was giving her a brush and supervising – and I was confident she wouldn’t try to eat the paint or anything – I let her use acrylic paints. Just keep in mind that might not be appropriate for all kids. You know your kids best!
When her paper was done, I let it dry a little first. Not totally, just enough that it wasn’t dripping wet anymore.
Then, I took a damp paper towel and gently wiped away the paint from the vinyl areas.
And now, I have a piece of nursery art that actually resembles something, but my kiddo still painted it all by herself. :)