Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Marble Painting!

How apt that the follow-up post to Beauty in Failure is the fixed project! We have been so busy this month that we haven't really had a chance to do projects at home, but once I tracked down some marbles, we set to work on getting our marble painting on! And it turned out to be really fun and much more successful than using beads!

What you'll need: Thick paper (I used card stock), marbles, a pan with high edges, tape, and WASHABLE paint.

Tape the paper to the pan. Place dots of paint toward the edges of the paper. I like to put mine on the paper so that my little one can finger paint as well.

Place the marbles in the pan and hold the pan to rotate the marbles around. The marbles make cool paint trails. Toddlers love it!

 We even put the pan down and pushed the marbles around with our fingers. We had marble races. I don't really know who won, but we had fun!

Finished Product!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Beauty in Failure

I'm not above posting my failures for everyone to see, and unlike most failures in life, this one has a happy ending. My little princess still had a good time painting. Once again, I was inspired by someone's genius, but here's the problem, I can't find the link to the original idea. I can't remember if it was from a link party or Pintrest or . . . something else. Sorry everyone. But it's cool because I can give you the basic run-down.

You will need: Water-based paint, a cake pan (with high edges), thick paper, tape, and marbles (or other weighted round objects, but weight is important!)

Tape the paper to the base of the pan. Add paint to the edges of the pan and paper.

 Place the marbles in the pan and let your child roll them around. The marbles leave these amazing lines and it looks really cool. Queue my failure! I didn't have marbles on hand, but being the ever creative mom (or too lazy to run to the dollar store mom) I decided to use beads. The beads rolled until they got stuck in the globs of paint. Sadly, you need marbles for weight. So we abandoned the idea and my little princess used her fingers. I have feeling we will be trying this again after I track down some marbles, but the picture still earned a place of honor on the fridge if for nothing less than to remind me that my little girl is an amazing finger painter and there can be beauty in failure. Talk about taking some of the pressure off!

I've linked up to Frugal Friday!