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Spooky Silhouette Tree Kids Art Project

Scrape Painting Technique

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Painting | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Scrape painting is an incredibly simple, but effective art technique that is perfectly suited to this Spooky Silhouette Tree Kids Art Project. Using just a little paint and scraps of leftover stock card, kids will have a blast mixing the colours to create beautiful backdrops, filled with interesting colour blends and textures.

The tree element of the art project offers a superb opportunity for children to work on their cutting and fine motor skills. With just a pair of scissors and a piece of a4 stock card, kids can cut cut cut freely to form their desired shapes, without the pressure of ‘following lines’ or getting it wrong. It’s about tapping into their creative flow and finding their natural cutting rhythm.

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

Spooky Silhouette Kids Art Project: Materials and Tutorial

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Black Stock Card
White Stock Card
Kid-Friendly Paint
PVA Glue
Scissors

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 1: Begin cutting a tree form from a single piece of black card, starting from a central point at the bottom of the page and working your way up to create a curve – this will become the first branch and the starting point for the tree.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 2: Continue cutting, twisting and bending to create multiple branches.

Try to make use of the full A4 space as you work around the card forming the branches of the tree.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 3: Using the cuttings from the card, cut them into several thick rectangular shapes and put them to one side along a piece of white A4 card.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 4: Add a number of blobs of paint to a piece of white card, starting with the lightest shades at the top and darker shades at the bottom.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 5: Using a piece of scrap card, scrape the paint across the page.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 6: Continue this process all the way to the bottom of the page, scraping the paint from left to right and right to left, picking up different colours and mixing along the way.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 7: Leave the backdrop to dry and then apply lots of PVA glue to the back of the tree silhouette.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

Step 8: Complete the Silhouette painting by adding the tree.

The Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project is now Complete! 

I hope the Arty Crafty Kids love this easy Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project. With Halloween approaching, this could be good alternative the ghosts and ghoul crafts.

For more simple art projects, take a look at these:

Bubble Wrap Printing 

Cling Film Art 

Printing with Bottles

All of these processes can be used to create silhouette backdrops – it could be fun to experiment and try all of these techniques at once!

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Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Spooky Tree Silhouette Spooky Tree Silhouette Kids Art Project | A super fun and easy art project for kids using the scrape painting technique!

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