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Frugal Art :: Painting Stickers from the Stationery Store

by Jean Van't Hul
June 27, 2012

Painting Stickers

I haven’t had a whole lot of time for creative projects with my kiddos in the last couple of days because of Jury Duty. But we did manage to squeeze in this easy and frugal activity—painting stickers from the stationery store (and then creating art with them).

Painting Stickers

We used cheap white hole reinforcement stickers, but you could use any white sticker from the stationery store. Circle or square price stickers. Address labels. Sticker sheets. Whatever.

These are the watercolors we used, in case you’re curious. Cakes instead of liquid watercolors since I didn’t think the stickers would hold up well to any excess moisture.

Now I realize I titled this “frugal art” and then showed you the most expensive set of watercolors I’ve ever bought for my kids. But the stickers themselves were under two dollars. And the watercolors could be. We’re generally pretty happy with inexpensive watercolors. (Although this set is proving awfully nice.)

Painting Stickers

After painting stickers for a while, Maia realized that she could paint the stickers and use the sticker sheet as a stencil at the same time.

Painting Stickers

Which resulted in some interesting polka dotted artworks.

Painting Stickers

By the time Maia and Daphne tired of painting stickers, they had quite the pile of rainbow-colored hole reinforcement stickers as well as some rainbow address label stickers.

We let these dry overnight.

Painting Stickers

Their new stickers were first bought and sold a few times in their ongoing living room store before being used in any artmaking. Besides stickers, they were selling raisins, goldfish, and “cookies” (melted crayon rocks).

Painting Stickers

When they were ready for some art, both girls arranged their painted stickers onto white paper shapes.

Painting Stickers

Daphne usually stacks and layers her stickers (any stickers) into one generous pile, so I was surprised to see the line of stickers she made on the triangular paper. She added pen drawings and some watercolor to hers as well.

Painting Stickers

Maia used her stickers to create a couple of faces…

Painting Stickers

…as well as this colorful painted artwork. I don’t know if she’s planning on removing the stickers for a sticker resist (as we did with our Easter eggs) or if she’s planning on leaving them on. Either way, I think it’s pretty cool.

How about you? Do you have any stationery store stickers or address labels? Some watercolor paints? If so, you’re all set for a frugal and fun creative activity! And if you’re experiencing hot weather the way we are (it’s supposed to reach 99 degrees this week!) then you’ll probably be looking for some simple indoor activities like this one. Have fun!

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