Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cotton Ball Painting

In my never-ending quest to present L with art activities that are varied and novel, I've thrown together some interesting things, but we recently experienced a new painting tool that was somehow more delightful than anything we've done for a while: cotton balls. I don't know what it was, exactly, that made this activity so engaging for my very busy girl, but we painted on and on with just a bit of tempera paint and a handful of cotton balls. Perhaps the mood was just so, but we managed to work our way through three pieces of paper, which in the land of Todd is really saying something.

Whatever it was, the cotton or the mood, L loved this activity, as did her dad and I. For me, there was just something so satisfying about the squish of wet cotton on the paper. L, for her part, managed to get through one entire piece of paper before sticking both hands in the pie tin, and that is REALLY saying something!

As the process moved forward, L, Dad, and I all ended up working on the same sheet of paper. The collaborative nature of the thing made it all the more fun, and it was wonderful to spend such quality time bonding over a shared piece of artwork.


  1. That is a cute idea. I like the idea of holding the soft cotton and using it for painting. Thanks for linking to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  2. I need to put our cotton balls to good use. Using different tools can change the experience completely. My daughter loved your pictures of L painting. She wants to try it now.
    On a side note, I just learned this morning that my husband hates the way cotton balls feel...weird, huh?


    1. Actually, I think cotton balls are awful too! It was great letting the kid play with them because they won't get used otherwise!

  3. thanks for sharing.