How to Make Splatter Pictures With a Toothbrush

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Kids find painting fun and relaxing. Why not try making a different kind of painting. Did you know you can create a masterpiece with some paint and a toothbrush? You can. It's easy and entertaining, but very messy. You are going to have to do this craft in a area that can get splattered. The best place to do this outdoors.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Old Toothbrush
  • Paints
  • Several Sheets of Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Apron or plastic smock
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Find a location that can be easily cleaned. The outdoors for this project is ideal. If not, make sure you completely cover all areas with newspaper.

  2. 2

    Make sure you are wearing old clothes that you don't care about. Or if you are doing this activity outside you can wear a bathing suit and a plastic smock.

  3. 3

    Design some shapes you can use for your painting. Draw those shapes on one of your pieces of paper. You can have two or three big shapes or five to seven small shapes. Your shapes can have a theme such as fish in the sea, or animals in the desert. Once you are done drawing your shapes cut them out.

  4. 4

    Place your shapes on to another sheet of paper.

  5. 5

    Dip your toothbrush in to your paint. Whatever color you like is fine. Now splatter the paint across your paper by running your fingers across the bristles of your toothbrush. Don't worry if any paint gets on your shapes at this point. Do this as many times as you like with as many colors as you like. You can do one color across the top and another across the bottom or do them both all over the page. You are the artist so you choose.

  6. 6

    Now remove your shapes to see that your painting is now complete. The spots where your shapes were are now white and they stand out. Isn't that neat?

  7. 7

    Leave your paper out to dry and then hang up or place on your refrigerator.

Tips and warnings

  • You could draw your shapes on one piece of paper and flick paint on them. Then flick paint on your second piece of paper which would be your background. Allow them both to dry and then cut out your shapes and paste them in to your background.
  • If you are to young to use scissors have your mom or dad do the cutting for you.

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