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Smushed Paint Art Project for Kids!

Smooshed Paint Art for Kids! / via Oh Joy!

Smooshed Paint Art for Kids! / via Oh Joy!

Happy first day of August! With these last few weeks before school starts, we wanted to share a fun project for those parents looking for an easy summer art project. It's simple, fun, and requires only a few supplies. Plus, kids can use their hands and smush paint…so fun and tactile! And once they're all done, you'll have a colorful new piece of artwork to hang on the wall. Here's how to make it…

Smooshed Paint Art for Kids! / via Oh Joy!

You'll need…
mixed media paper
- acrylic paint
– paint brush
– plastic wrap


Here's how…
1. Add dots of paint randomly, wherever you'd like across your paper.
2. Once you've added all the colors you like, gently lay plastic wrap on top of the paint and press with your hands to spread out the paint.
3. If you'd like to smooth out any large globs of paint that remain, you can use a brush over the plastic wrap to gently push the paint outwards.
4. Carefully peel back the plastic wrap, and let your artwork dry for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Smooshed Paint Art for Kids! / via Oh Joy!

Voila! You can even frame your kids' pieces of art for your own home or to give to friends and family as a homemade gift they'll love!

P.S. Turn your kids' instant photos into art, too.

Sources shown: Benjamin Moore Florida Keys Blue paint, Joybird couch, Juju & Jake small knot pillow, Arro Home dotty pillow, Anthropologie purple stripe pillow, Calhoun & Co. black striped pillow, Arro Home pink abstract pillow, Juju & Jake large knot pillow, Oh Joy x Lorena Canals rug, Arcade wooden rainbow toy, Moroccan pouf (similar).

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, styling assistance and crafting by Jess Hong.


  1. Skedaddled with the 2 y o to Target this morning to buy plastic wrap so we could do this on an oddly drizzly summer afternoon, and she and my 4 y o had a BLAST. Next time I’ll grab a few more colors of paint so we can try the tonal look, because while yours are frameable, ours are definitely save-in-a-drawer art 🙂 Suggestion: if doing this with smallish paper, making a plastic-paper-plastic sandwich and sealing the two plastic edges together makes it a lot easier to avoid paint squishing out the edges and onto your dining room table!

  2. I’m an adult with no kids at all and I think this is such a cute art idea. Like I might even do it myself. Thanks!

  3. What is the alternative if no more mixed media paper? can I use a long white folder, bondpaper? or specialty paper? recyclable paper at home? any suggestion on that. Thank you.


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