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Hot Mess Canvas Kids Paintings

Yields1 Serving

 Child-friendly paints (I used Crayola brand non-toxic kids paint)
 Items to paint with, brushes, sponges, even fingers work
 A small canvas
 Krylon Clear Gloss Spray
 1 sheet of cardstock - colour doesn't matter
 roll of Duck Tape or painters tape
 white paint (acrylic or milk paint), this is for adult use
 stencil brush or paint brush

Start by protecting the surface area of your workspace as well as your children's clothes. This project can get messy. For this project, my kids used Crayola non-toxic paint.


Using their paint tools of choice (ex: paintbrush, sponge, fingers), have your child apply different colours of paint to the canvas. Make sure that there are no blank spots and all of the canvas has been covered. Let the painted canvas dry (usually 1-2 hours)


After the paint is dry, spray the paintings with the Krylon clear coat and again allow it to dry. I use the Krylon as a protective layer so that when I remove the stencil the painting under it stays in place. (Read the directions on the can for the Krylon application instructions).

Make A Stencil

Trace or have your child draw an object onto the sheet of cardstock (in our example we traced a hand). I prefer to use cardstock because when applied with paint it's thick enough that paint doesn't soak through.


Cut out the object from the paper. When cutting, make your cut slightly smaller than your object (about 2-3mm all around) As we will be making up the area with tape.


I cut a heart into our handprint by folding the handprint in half and cutting half of a heart out of the paper (as seen in the photo).


Lay and stick the cutout object over top of duct tape.


Cut the tape in the same shape as your paper cut out. Leave about 2-3 mm of tape showing (the same amount that you cut your object smaller by). The 2-3 mm of tape will help to adhere the image to the canvas. I cut the heart out the center of the hand the same as before by folding the hand in half.


Position and adhere the stencil onto the canvas. Make sure the edges are all firmly pressed down. If the edges don't adhere to the canvas, the white paint applied over top will bleed under the stencil.


With a stencil brush or a regular brush, start applying your white paint over the entire canvas.


I did 2 coats of white paint, allowing my paint to dry between coats. If you like how the white paint looks after the first coat, you can stop there.


Allow the white paint to dry. After the canvas is completely dry. Remove your stencil and admire your hot mess masterpiece!