Sensory art engages children as they take part in the creative process and make sense of the world around them by feeling, touching, hearing and seeing. We are thrilled to partner with one of our greatest sources of creative inspiration, Arielle Goddard of Art Camp, to kick off an ongoing blog series featuring our favorite toys and D.I.Y. art projects that Arielle has created to accompany them!
First up is Bubble Wrap Print Strawberry Pop Painting, featuring our Strawberry Doll by PinkNouNou.
This art project combines the sensory joy of bubble wrap with the ooh and ahh surprise of a pop up book.
- Tempera paint in assorted colors
- Paint brush
- Water cup
- Paint palette or plate for color mixing
- Paper towel for dabbing paint brush
- Poster board
- Bubble wrap cut into 2”-3” squares
- Glue stick
- Colored marker
Draw two big strawberry shapes on your poster board with a bright pink marker. If you have never drawn a strawberry before, think heart minus the pointy tip. Then draw leaves and a stem with a green marker.
Time to paint your strawberry. Do you want to paint your strawberry flesh bright red or do you want to make your strawberry more of a bright pink color? Hey, maybe you want to paint your strawberry green. Don’t forget to paint your stem and leaves! What happens when you blend more yellow into your green? What happens when you add more blue into your green? Does your green feel warm? Or does your green feel cool?
Set your berries to the side to dry. Tempera paint usually takes 45 minutes to fully dry.
Once the paint has dried it is time to print! Start brushing a thin layer of paint over the top of one of your bubble wrap squares. When the top of the bubbles is adequately covered in paint you will gently lay your square on top of your strawberry and apply even pressure with the palm of your hand to the back of your bubble wrap “stamp”.
Carefully lift your bubble wrap square to reveal your first print. If you like the look of a solid color repeat this process.
If you would like to create a multi-colored print with more space in between your dots, you can dip a Q-tip into paint and add color to the tops of your bubbles. When you have achieved the look you are after, lay it gently on your strawberry and print.
You can also dip your Q-tip into your color and paint some dots directly onto your berries!
Once your berries are adequately spotty lay them out to dry for 20 minutes.
Time to cut out your strawberries, leaves. and stems.
Lay your strawberry prints on top of each other and trim them so they are relatively the same size. Decide which one of your strawberries is going to be "the pop”. We chose our multi-colored berry. Fold your “pop berry” in half. Add glue to the back seam of your pop berry and glue it down the center of your base berry. Help the glue bond by running your finger along the crease.
Add your leaves and stems to the top of your berry with glue and you have made your very own strawberry pop painting. You can leave it as is or mount it to a colorful backdrop for a little extra zing!