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::: mini snap painting

The childrenย had a go at snap painting a little while back …

using a big, firm base and large elastic bands.

As we were preparing for our workshop on messy play we thought that the adult participants might like to have a go too.ย Rather than using just the one frame, which is then used by everyone, we decided to go mini sized!

We discovered some small strong boxes at Resource Rescue and firm white card which fitted into them perfectly.

We fitted some very flexible small elastic bands over the top,ย painted them and …


WOW! they were very effective, in fact we felt they worked better than the bigger elastic bands which didn’t have quite so much give.

Just watch out for that SNAP. It’s got a real SPLAT to it!

This post is part of the great Cardboard Box Challenge being run by Rachelle over at Tinkerlab. Be sure to check out what others are doing with cardboard boxes this week!

This post has been added to The Art Fairly’s Weekly Top Twenty. Be sure to click on over for some more great art ideas.

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42 Responses to “mini snap painting”

  1. clodagh says:

    i will have to try that one, thanks

    ::: You’re welcome Clodagh … Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. OMG! How fun!!!!! I have got to try this!!!! Will link back to you!

    ::: Thanks Aleacia … Have fun with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Scott says:

    Love this.

    ::: Thanks Scott! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sydnii says:

    What a fun idea!

    ::: It really was fun Sydnii! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Elise says:

    I’ve never heard of splat painting but I think it’s something my children would enjoy. I’m sure they would also like to come up with variations for this. Thank you for sharing.

    ::: We think the possibilities are endless with this simple idea Elise … enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Love this!!! This will be on our list for things to do!!!!

    ::: Good on you Melissa. Have fun with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Michelle says:

    This is really a neat idea! LOVE IT!!

    ::: Thanks Michelle! We LOVED it too. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This idea is AWESOME! I think the design would make a beautiful cover for greeting cards.

    ::: They’d be ideal for cards Jill. They’d look really beautiful framed too. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Deborah says:

    Some day I am going to HAVE to try this!

    ::: It is a lot of fun Deborah … Just be warned, those rubber bands like to flick that paint everywhere! … hee … hee … hee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Rachele says:

    Another idea for my list of things to do! Thanks for all the wonderful projects!

    ::: Thanks Rachelle! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. How fun! Will have to give it a try, thanks for sharing:)

    ::: You’re welcome Roopa … Have fun with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Rachelle says:

    Oh my goodness! Just when I thought I’ve seen everything, you go and surprise me again with a new-to-me idea! So, if we plan to try this I take it that it would be an outdoor or wear-an-apron activity? Thank you for all of the inspiration, and for being part of this challenge.

    ::: Hee … hee … hee … Rachelle AND perhaps include a protective face mask too! Thanks for inviting us to take part … Being included in such a supportive and close knit blogging community is really good fun and so good for the soul! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. jenny says:

    I keep forgetting to try this and it looks like wonderful fun!

    ::: Oh it is great fun Jenny …Make sure you add it to “the list”! :):)

  16. Margot Ringuette says:

    Our preschool children really enjoyed snap painting. We put small canvases in the box instead of paper.

    ::: Ooooh that sounds interesting Margot. We’ll have try that one … Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Gianne says:

    Tried this and love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Gianne from

    ::: So glad you had fun with it Gianne! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Tried your “Snap Painting” and it was fun! My recent post is about a cardboard box guitar turned into a tool to make a “Snap Painting”!!!

    ::: Thanks Melissa. We’ll be sure to pop over and have a look! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Hi Sherry & Donna!

    We just loved this activity and featured it at our blog >> We were sure to give photo and idea credit, as well as a link back to your site, but we’d love for you to take a look at it and if there are any problems, we’ll be certain to take down the feature immediately!

    Thanks so much!
    Kayla Johnson

    ::: Kayla we’re glad you enjoyed this activity and we are more than happy for you to share it … Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Julie Moses says:

    Hi there… You’ve been walloped by the wand of the Art Fairy! I loved this tutorial so much that it made the Weekly Top Twenty at the Art Fairy. Stop by an pick up a button if you get a chance.

    ::: Oooooh! Can’t say we’ve ever been walloped by an Art Fairy before Julie … or any fairy for that matter! Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Lydia says:

    Another idea for using the resulting artwork would be to make postcards. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ::: Great idea Lydia. As post cards, gift cards, framed … they look fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Oh my! This is a terrific idea. I am always looking for new arts and crafts ideas to do with my daughter. Love this!

    ::: It’s so much fun too Jennifer … kinda messy as well! : ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. Reneth says:

    I will surely try this..thanks for the idea

    ::: You’re welcome Reneth … Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. Mel says:

    We used autumn leaves instead of paper – autumnal paint colours spattered on the browning leaves looked lovely and the kids loved the process. It was interesting watching how they approached it, some plucked gently, others strummed across all the bands, while others vigorously plucked. Make sure you ask if they want smocks as the spatter can go anywhere when bands are vigorously plucked!

    ::: Aaaah Mel what a lovely idea! And YES we know about that paint … It can go everywhere alright. Heeheehee. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Tansy Dolls says:

    We had great luck with this one once we tried it using Dad’s miter box for a nice strong frame. The cardboard just wasn’t holding up to a big enough SNAP!

    ::: An baking dish or ‘kitty litter’ tray work well too Tansy Dolls. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Katie says:

    I *love* this! My son is really into rubber bands right now and will have such a blast with this. Thanks for sharing such a cute and creative idea!

    ::: If you son loves rubber bands Katie, not only will he love this activity but he might also enjoy our splat yo-yo painting ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Giovanna says:

    We ended up naming this project, “Rainbow Freckles” because all of the kids had multicolor paint freckles on their faces by the time we were finished! : )

    ::: That’s so cute Giovanna … We all had speckled faces too! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Pam says:

    Great to link with artist lesson on Jackson Pollack and his splatter painting! Will have to try! Thanks!

    ::: Enjoy Pam! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Carolyn says:

    A fun idea, simple and cheap.

    ::: … AND fun too Carolyn! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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