Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An Invitation to Create {Process Art with Plastic Bottles}

We love process art, here! It has so much educational value, and allows the girls to explore their environments with their senses, express themselves through the creative arts, problem solve and make discoveries. Process art is exactly what it sounds like, it's not about creating a finished product but rather about exploring and enjoying the process.

It's this love of process art, that makes me so happy to be taking part in the Process Art Monthly Challenge, with other like-minded bloggers! Be sure to scroll to the end of this post and check out the links below to see how others are exploring with plastic bottles this month!

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I have a confession to make. When Bubbles was little we did a process art activity almost every day-she and I both delighted in exploring all the artistic mediums in different ways. Our art wall at home is still adorned with the results of some of these explorations. However, Squiggles and I barely do any art together. I find that everytime I get out the paint or glue with Squiggles I am on edge. She loves it. But the way Squiggles likes to engage with paint makes me cringe! She loves to explore it with her whole body and any paint activity generally ends with paint on her hands, arms, torso and the furniture and floor surrounding her. I just find that it's easier to give her watercolours or pencils rather than anything that might make a mess!

I am trying to overcome this aversion though! It all washes off in the end right?

Rather than come up with a special process art activity, this month, I decided to simply set up the table and invite the girls to create their way. I simply placed some watered down poster paints (because the paint is easier to clean off things when it's watered down!), PVA glue, scissors, paintbrushes and a hole punch on our art table. Originally I thought I'd also provide some A4 sheets of card but knowing how Squiggles likes a large canvas I opted to cover the table in butchers paper instead.

Bubbles, my little artist, was the first to find the table. She immediately popped a painting top on and began printing with the bottles.

Seeing Bubbles painting Squiggles asked if she could too. I took a deep breath, let it go and told her ofcourse. She asked what we were doing and rather than give her any direction I told her she could create anything she liked. She looked over at Bubbles and then at the bottles-"I'm going to paint with the bottom of the bottle!"

Bubbles then had a go at printing with the bottoms of her bottles-she loved the rectangular shapes the empty juice bottles made.

As the girls painted, I decided to play their new CD from Chaos at Play. The girls absolutely loooove Chaos at Play and had great fun singing, "Rainbow Out of My Bum" and bopping their bottles in time to the music on the paper. I always think it's fun to add a little bit of music when we're painting.

Squiggles spent a good 5minutes printing with her bottles (a long time for her to spend on one activity!). Bubbles then asked if they could have the bottle lids to paint with too. Bubbles had fun printing with the lids but Squiggles decided to paint them with a brush...which then led to the inevitable whole hand printing!

Here's the end results-I'll let you guess whose is whose!

Now for the fun part…

Would you try this activity or have you tried another process art activity with bottles? We want to see them! Please share your pictures and stories with us on Facebook or Instagram! Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each have a different way we explored bottles this month-leaving you with a list of the most creative process art ideas with bottles!


Plastic Bottle Stamping from Arty Crafty Kids
Drip Painted Bottle Process Art by To be a Kid Again
Plastic Bottle Wind Spiral Mobile from Mum in the Madhouse
Sensory Process Art from Views From A Step Stool
An Invitation to Create from Squiggles and Bubbles
Abstract Sculptures from Figment Creative

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Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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1 comment:

  1. I adore the supersize of this. How inviting and also, so much fun too