We used to run an art challenge on Instagram called @smocks.on with a couple of my instabuddies and we had hosts every week who got to pick a theme and challenge all of our little art community to incorporate their theme into an art project. When my crazy hilarious, super rad, oh-so-creative blog buddy, Shannon from OhCreativeDay, had her chance to host she chose action art.

I instantly thought big and crazy messy when I read her theme choice, but it was cold, rainy and incredibly dreary outside in our neck of the woods. Big and messy are not good indoor art words, right? Luckily, action art doesn't have to be crazy. Small and semi-neat can work too!

Shannon had the brilliant idea to try thinking of an action word and then an art supply as a Mad Lib-style action art brainstorm jumping off point, like:
Blowing paint was the combo that really got my wheels turning. We tried blow-painting as a Troll hair method a couple of weeks ago and had so much fun Kinley has been asking to try it again since.

Have you ever tried it before? Want to make some cute little monsters of your own? It couldn't be any simpler. 

You'll need:

  1. Squirt a drop or two of paint on your paper with your eyedropper or pipette. Kinley and I like to play with drop size and color-mixing at this point. There is no wrong way, just have fun and experiment!
  2. Grab your half straws and blow those paint drops! Try light breezes and blowing with all your might and everything in between.
  3. Squirt more drops and blow them around until you are satisfied with the number of gorgeous puddles.
  4. This is the optional salt sprinkling part. We had some leftover salt sitting on the schoolroom table from our magic spiderweb project and Kinley decided to sprinkle some on both of our monster papers. The speckle-y effect turned out really cool! Definitely not a must, but a fun edition if you don't mind a little extra clean-up.
  5. Let those little puddles dry for awhile, and brush the salt off when you come back if you did that step.
  6. Now, break out the Sharpies, glue and googly eyes 'cause it's monster-making time!

Kinley named each of her monsters crazy hilarious things, I wish I could remember all of them but the only two that stuck in my mind are Baymax and Toodles 😁  She always comes up with the best names -- she named her Beanie Baby panda Glenn Bamboo (I snort laugh every time I think about that and just now was no exception!)

Anyyyyyway, so yeah, see! Action art doesn't have to be a big ginormous mess, but it is pretty much guaranteed to be big ginormous fun. If you make some monsters of your own and feel like sharing, we'd love to see. It's so cool to spot your little idea out in the big, big world. Just hit us up on Instagram (@raising.kinley) or send me a pic on Facebook :)

Happy creating!
xo Cara

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