Yarn Painting with Kids

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Kids Art Activity - Texture Painting with Yarn

This post contains affiliate links.Maia and I painted with yarn dipped in liquid watercolors yesterday. So fun!

It’s one of the projects from MaryAnn Kohl’s new Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff.

Painting with Yarn and Liquid WatercolorsEach two page spread in the book has five different activities using one everyday material such as salt, sand, egg cartons, cotton swaps, plastic wrap, puzzle pieces, rain, newspaper, aluminum foil, or cardboard tubes.

The idea is to do the projects in order over the course of a week. We’ve been doing the yarn week, albeit out of order, and have tried a couple of other projects from the book as well.

Painting with Yarn and Liquid Watercolors

The painty yarn project called for tempera paint, which would be awesome too, but we decided to try it with liquid watercolors instead.

We dipped our yarn in the paint, then swirled it around our paper.

Painting with Yarn and Liquid Watercolors

And dribbled with it.

Painting with Yarn and Liquid Watercolors

And printed with it.

Painting with Yarn and Liquid Watercolors

We really loved this project and each made several paintings! And I think the finished product is as beautiful as the process was fun.

Texture Painting with Yarn

By the way, MaryAnn has recently started blogging and you can also follow her on facebook. This is her 25th anniversary bringing art to children through her books (yay!) she has an offer on her blog at the moment for any of her Bright Ring Press books for $15 each including shipping and handling. Check it out if you’re on the market for a children’s art book!

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  1. Liisa says

    We have the book as well, pre-ordered it (per your blog of course!). M has enjoyed looking at all the pages and picking out what we’re going to do. We did the wrapping paper page the other day and cut out clothes to paste onto people drawn on paper (although we cut people out of cardboard). Simple, but really fun! Love that M looks through the book and gets excited about the different projects she sees. We’ll try the yarn painting soon, can’t wait.

  2. MaryAnn F. Kohl, art author says

    If you’d like to own a copy and you are interested in a special price on the book, “Art with Anything”, go to my blog and take advantage of the 25th anniversary special.
    Go here — it would involve writing a check: http://maryannfkohl.typepad.com/blog/
    I’ll have it on my website soon, too, with PayPal options…not quite up yet. The special is through July 30.
    This offer has not been released to the public yet, other than through my blog. If I run out of books, the offer will close.
    I love how the yarn painting turned out. Liquid watercolors are the BEST PAINTS in the WORLD!!! I get mine from Discount School Supply. By the way DSS is having a 10% off anything sale that ends June 27th. You can use my keycode if you want PWA1132 so that you can enjoy the discount.
    ~ Happy Creating!
    MaryAnn Kohl

  3. amie says

    Hi, This is such a cool art project. I will try it with my art playgroup. By the way, what type of art paper do you normally use with your art playgroup?

  4. says

    Different papers depending on the project:
    For watercolor projects I use this watercolor paper: http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=24037&keyword=watercolor%20paper&scategoryid=0&CategorySearch=&Brand=&Price=. You can also do any painting projects (like tempera) on watercolor paper, but it’s more expensive than other paper so you might not want to.
    We also buy this heavyweight (80 lb) white sulfite paper and use it for drawing, painting, and collage projects: http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Product=16897&rec=SRH
    And many times I’ve purchased large sheets of poster board from Target for 33 cents each and cut them down to smaller pieces for the kids to paint on.
    And, for a free option, you can ask a mat and frame shop to save their mat remnants for you. They are thick and great for painting or collage.
    Hope this helps!