A preschool teacher friend of mine, Margaret Mahowald, asked a little guy at her center to help us show the process of "spray and scrape" paintings. He agreed, and here are the steps and results:
• 1. Photo of all the materials, including the scraper (use any straight edge, like a credit card or ruler).
• 2. Child colors with Cray-PasTM (oil pastels). Crayons work too.
• 3. Child getting ready to spray.
• 4. Child sprays his drawing with a fine mist of liquid watercolors. He has chosen green. (Thin tempera paint works too. Or strong food coloring in a little water.)
• 5. Child scraps and smears the paint to cover the drawing in any way. (Some kids like to keep the spray as is and not scrape it.)
• 6. Finished resist. The paint is almost completely dry from the scraping smearing step.
photos by Margaret Mahowald,
Calvary Lutheran Church preschool,
Golden Valley, Minnesota