Wednesday, April 27, 2011

* Experimenting With Texture: Homemade Paint Brushes and Texture Tools!

I've noticed sets of nifty textured paint brushes at the craft store. 
I've never bought a set because I'm too cheap
and I was worried their novelty would be over as soon
as we used them one time. 

So, we did what any crafty and frugal family would do....
we made our own!

We made a homemade set of "texture" paint brushes
(and scrapers)
out of re-cycled/re-purposed materials. 

Here are some photos of ours to get your creative brain juices flowing!

We gathered our materials:

Pipe Cleaners 
(chenille stems, as Martha would say)
Rubber Bands
Craft Foam
Wooden Clothespins
Old Toothbrushes
Wooden Handles 
(I saved from those little disposable foam craft brushes!) 
Cardboard Scraps

Then, we got to work cutting-up and rubber-banding different 
various materials to the wooden handles to make "brushes".

By cutting different designs in pieces cardboard
we could make different designs
when we scraped and dragged it through our paint. 

When they get soggy and floppy, just toss them in the recycling!

(Psst.... Plastic hair combs are fun to do this with too!)

I set out blank sheets of office copy paper
and some bowls of washable craft paint
and asked "C" to show me how we should use these new tools.

Here's "C" making textures on her paper.

We used Clothespins for a few handles too!

It was fun to cut loose for an hour yesterday 
and experiment with the different tools. 

Think we might just do it again this afternoon!

We ended up with all kinds of pretty and funky papers.

(I see Eric Carle-inspired collage-making in our future!) 

Wine corks make good circle stamps 
(think: homemade dot-a-dot markers!)

Fingers make pretty neat "texture tools" too! 

Happy Texture Making!

pink and green mama


~*Gumbo Soul*~ said...


Lynne said...

That's a great idea MaryLea, homemade texture paintbrush.

The Art Fairy said...

One of my favorite texture tools are old credit cards or grocery membership cards. You can cut them with decorative scissors or pinking shears and get some great combing effects. I have never tried yarn or rubber brushes though-gonna have to put that on my to do list!

Jaimee said...

Wow I can't even TELL you how much I love this!!! Those texture brush sets have caught my eye many times, but I never even thought of making them myself till I saw this post! It looks SO easy and fun! Great job : )

Tricia Orchard said...

Fantastic and makes me think, "why didn't I think of that?".

Thanks for sharing,

tckldpink said...

Fantastic!! I think this project would go well with a roll of butcher paper to make gorgeous wrapping paper. Thanks for the inspiration.

Danielle said...

I love everything you do!!!

Here's a link to my blog post showing Eric Carle inspired art that I did with my grade 2 class:

Can't wait to see what your girls come up with!

Kathy said...

What a great idea! We did something similar with found objects from our yard ones -- bundles of pine needles, pine cones, the tops of acorns, etc. and made some really neat paintings!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

What great ideas and the finished pieces look perfect for some Carle-esque collage!

Eliz. K said...


Eva Marie Harp said...

Great post! Great reminder. I get rap up some times and forget the simple stuff.

Messy Kids said...

These tools are great! I've included this idea on my weekly Do Something! posting.

Rachele @ Messy Kids

jenny @ let the children play said...

I love all these ideas, especially the texture brushes. Will definately try these at preschool!

Nellie said...


Michelle said...

I made the rubber band ones for the same reason. They loved them and they worked just as well as the store ones would have. I can't wait to try some of the other ones you suggested.

Nancy said...

What fun! It has gotten my creative juices flowing. Here are some additional ideas that came to mind:
-gimp or plastic lacing used in making friendship bracelets
-thread some cheap beads onto some pipecleaners, loop them around and attach them to a handle
-scrunch up mesh bags that onions are sold in
-twist strips of plastic (bags, plastic wrap, try different types) and attach loops onto a handle
-pot scrubbers, in all of their various textures could produce some interesting results.

Oh the possibilities are endless. Thanks for the inspiration.

Play-based Classroom said...

GREAT ideas! I just pinned this on my Pinterest boards. :) You can also make scrapers by cutting plastic lids in half, or cutting them into zig zags. Margarine lids work the best!

LoeLaLoep (Heidi) said...

Hehe, this is such a great idea! Oh, my youngest will have so much fun with these. Tomorrow, I'll search the house for everything usable. Thanks for sharing!

School System Occupational Therapist in Virginia said...

Wonderful idea, thx so much! Great to use passively as well, with students who need to experience different textures but have difficulty with grasp. Thx for your work. Karen

Brooke (Siayla) said...

LoVe all these paintbrush ideas!!! Shared here http://siayla.blogspot.ca/2014/02/got-paint-try-painting-with-out-typical.html

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