Tuesday, November 30, 2010

butterfly painting

With yesterdays beautiful paintings from Jumeirah, I wanted to do something for Amahli so she too could give her paintings away at Christmas. She loves to paint and is becoming quite particular in her use of colour and brushes, much like her older sister was at the same age. ( Boy, am I in for trouble)
Jared too, seemed keen so I wanted something he would enjoy as well.

So I set up a really simple painting experience that has brilliant results, butterfly painting.
Instead of using spoons to dollop out the paint, I made it less messy and gave them the whole tube of paint to squeeze out. This paint is really thick so it worked their muscles in their fingers really well.

I got them to squeeze paint down the centre of the page ( I folded it in half first so it was easy to see) and then to fold it over and squish the paint in between the layers.
No matter how many times you do this, its always different in the end.

Then they got to open them up for the big reveal.
You should have seen these little faces absolutely light up when they could see how beautiful their butterflies were :)

We will use our butterflies as gorgeous wrapping paper this year. So much cheaper and nicer to recieve than shop bought paper :)
Make some for yourself!


  1. As always - another brilliant one, Karina! The butterflies are gorgeous but PALE in comparison to the look of delight on those sweet faces! I'm gonna look for paint today!! ♥

  2. I love the look that Amahli has as she opens hers. Those dimples are so precious. The butterflies turned out great. I think we will have to this one, too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Its such a simple thing and really great results! I sometimes forget the simple stuff but it really is the most fun!!

  4. Those came out really pretty! They'll look nice as wrapping paper. Your post was one of my favorites this week and I've linked up to it here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2010/12/weekly-favorites-december-5-2010.html
    I'm now a follower of your blog.

  5. thanks guys!!
    Darcey: Thanks for the link up! Im off to check out your blog now :)