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05 Jun 2017
You Made It! I Love It!: Salty Firework Painting

It may be a tiny bit early to start tooting the Fourth of July horn, but I know that within a blink of an eye, June will be over, and the 4th will be upon us.  In year’s past, I have literally missed getting out a 4th of July “you made it” out due to this phenomenon, so this year I decided I’d start early.

I love painting with kids, especially when it included interesting techniques, like mixing media. I also love mixing textures. I think it’s so important for a child to touch and explore the world around them.  I’ve always been a huge fan of messy sensory play. If I had my way, I’d have an art studio with a drain in the center, so we could just hose everyone and everything down at the end of class!

Rachel, over at Busy Mommy Media, has found a fun craft that mixes paint, glue, and salt together to create a beautiful work of art.  She calls them salty fireworks, and I think the result is just too cute not to share.  Also, I have to applaud Rachel for her “introduction” to the art process.  I love that she preps her audience: she shares 3 very important, dare I say rules, about making art with kids, and they hit a resonating note with me.  You really need to check out this post, because she just nails it.  Art is about exploring, experimenting and having fun - it’s not about the result so much as the process.  I’m sure there are a great many Martha Stewart fans out there that would disagree with me, but for me I’d rather see the “aha moment” in a child’s eyes than a copycat/xerox piece of art with no heart.

Rachel’s steps are easy to follow, the photos are great, and she gives lots of tips along the way.

As a mom of 6, Rachel has hand on experience and advice that really enhance her site.  I hope you’ll hop on over to her site and check it out.  I know I, for one, find it an exciting explosion of ideas.