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How to Do Drip Painting for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
March 1, 2024

Explore gravity with drip painting on a DIY easel. It’s a fun process art activity for kids with unique results every time.

Updated March 2024

Drip painting is an art technique that was popularized by Jackson Pollock (you can see footage of him drip painting).

We’ve done lots of splatter painting, but drip painting is a totally different but equally fun way to paint!

Drip painting is super easy and a great way to learn about viscosity and gravity while making some interesting artworks.

Plus, it’s a lot more controlled (read: less messy) than splatter painting and results in a completely different experience and effect.

We love to do drip painting at a DIY cardboard easel, which is super easy to make and provides just the right angle for lots of drips!

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Drip Painting at a Cardboard Easel

MATERIALS

  • 3 pieces of cardboard to make a quick DIY cardboard easel*
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Tempera paint
  • Spoon or brush

*You can do this at a regular easel or simply prop a piece of cardboard up against a wall outside or something inside. We made simple cardboard easels by taping three pieces of cardboard (saved from paper pads) together into a triangle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Set up

    Tape paper to one or both sides of your new double-sided tabletop easel.

    If you’re doing this activity inside, we highly recommend placing the cardboard easel over a tray or mat to catch the extra paint that drips down.

    Choose your paint colors and put them into paint cups or dishes along with a spoon or brush. If your paint is thick, you may want to water it down a bit, so it drips and runs better.

    paint cups

  2. Drip paint

    Drip paint from your spoon or brush onto the paper.

    Encourage your kids to drip their paint along the top of their paper/easel so that they could watch the paint drip down the angled paper.

    drip painting

  3. Let dry

    Let your new paint drip paintings dry, then admire and display!

    You can also use them as the base layer of a multi-media artwork or cut them up and use them for collages.

drip paintings hung up
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Dripping paint is fun!

Kids can experiment with small drips, big drips, and different color combinations. It’s interesting to watch the colors drip into each other and mix.

How about you? Have you tried drip painting art with your kids yet?

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