Crafternoons: Painting for Those Who Can’t Paint

IMG_2290Although I have many crafty skills, painting is not one of them. However, I have teens in my community who love to paint, so I am always on the lookout for easy {but awesome!} painting projects to try with them. This is a favorite that I will be revisiting during Summer Reading in July. 

Canvas board {I buy it on the cheap because it really makes the artwork feel more “real”.}
-Paints {I use cheapie poster board paint, but you can also use acrylics or water colors.}
-Masking tape or painter’s tape


You want to put the tape all over your canvas to make geometric shapes. I used pretty thick tape, but thinner looks really nice, too.

FullSizeRenderOnce the tape is on the board, start painting.  If you use poster paint, you will want to do several coats to make the colors brighter.

IMG_2286Wait for the paint to dry and then peel away the tape. You can stop there or add in a favorite quote if you are so inclined.

IMG_2290And that is it! This is a such an easy project that will get even the most uninspired painters making and creating with enthusiasm.

From one of my teens: IMG_2285

Lastly, I always tell my teens that they can follow along with my sample, but to feel free to paint whatever they want. Not everyone needs guidance and some just want to do their own thing, which is kind of awesome! IMG_2287

Have you done this kind of painting before? Was it successful?  You know it’s not just for teens, right? 🙂


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