There are some activities that just never get old.
No matter how big my kids get, or how many times we’ve do this simple folded paper painting activity, it is always enjoyable! Even I love having a go at this squish painting!
How to do Folded Paper Painting
We call it squish painting because that’s what you do, you squish paint around on a folded piece of paper, then open it up to reveal your masterpiece!
It’s super easy and super fun and is a great process art activity to do with kids of all ages.
If you’d like to do some squish painting you’ll need:
- Paint – pick two or three colours that combine well and make sure the paint is quite runny, add some water if needed.
- Paper – big pieces will be less messy
- Spoons or something to drip and drop the paint onto the paper
- Something to cover your work surface, a smock or apron and a damp clothe for painty fingers, this can get messy!
- Somewhere to dry all the creations – these will need to be dried flat.
We used liquitemp paints in primary colours, and added some water till they were the consistency of runny yoghurt (according to my kids!)
Start by folding your piece of paper in half then opening it up again. This helps identify the centre of the paper and makes it easier to fold and squish later on.
Drop small blobs of paint somewhere around the middle of your paper. If you put paint to close to the edges or if you put on too much paint it’ll turn into a sludgy mess later, so try and stick roughly to the middle and don’t go overboard on the paint.
When you have as much paint as you want, carefully fold your paper in half again and begin squishing! Press and push the paint around between the folded halves of paper, spreading out the paint as much as you can.
When you are done squishing carefully open up the paper and check out your squish paint creation!
We decided that some of our paintings looked like butterflies, but most of them looked like monsters, and one of them looked like an elephant!
I love simple art techniques like this folded paper painting that gives you quick, easy and magical results!
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Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots says
I love this type of painting. I have some beautiful butterflies my boys have made this way :-)
toushka lee says
some of them quite anatomical.. but I probably need to talk to my therapist about that.
Amanda Kendle says
Wow great results! Yes very Rorschach (sp?). Which part of Ikea do you get your big rolls of paper from? Getting one is on my list to do because the A4 discarded engineering reports my husband brings home for us to draw/paint on are really not big enough! (or pretty enough to give to Nanna!)
They’re in the kids section with all the toys. You can also get the stand to put it on which also works as a paper cutter. Best buy ever!
Amanda Kendle says
Ooh excellent it is on my list!!
I remember doing these at school! Off to buy some paper ;)
I love these, freya does at least 2 a day at the moment, lol
I used to love doing this as a kid! I have been looking for ideas on how to make Christmas wrapping paper this year, looks like Master 5 and I have found it! Thank you :-)
We like to use the giant pieces as wrapping paper! Interested to see how you use them…
Love it! I have had lots of these on display, made by my fabulous five! We call them butterfly painting and tend to do lots at once then not so many! Might be time for a few more…
prince n princess mum says
this is so fun!~ My kids enjoy it very much!~
Heather @ Life, Gluten Free says
I haven’t done that with my daughter yet. We will have to, it looks like fun :)
Really good! As u said that, this idea never ever get old. Very true.