Straw-Blown Painting

A Straw-Blown Painting is an interesting painting activity. Rather than using a brush to apply your paint, you'll use the air in your lungs.

By moving a paint-filled straw around on your canvas and blowing into one end, you'll be able to create designs that would be hard to do with a typical paintbrush. So take a deep breath -- and go for it.

Note: This activity is not for children younger than 10 years old.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Removable tape
  • Drawing paper
  • Poster paints
  • Plastic drinking straw

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Tape a piece of drawing paper in the center of your work area.

Step 3: Dilute the poster paint with a little bit of water. Place one color of diluted poster paint on the paper. Now use your straw to blow the paint around on the paper. Before the paint dries, add another color and splash it around. Let the paint overlap and blend. Try blowing your paint from one corner or out from the center.

Step 4: When you're finished painting, let the paint dry.

Try finding different-sized straws to use in your Straw-Blown Painting. Smaller straws will create more delicate pictures; larger straws will put more paint on the page and create a bolder picture.

Once you've learned to work with straws, consider using some corn syrup for your next art project. Continue reading to find out how.