Why We Love Powder Paint!
This entry was posted on February 1, 2016.
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Why Powder Paint?
Powder Paint is super economical!
You need so much less to do more!
You set the desired paint thickness
What is Powder Paint?
Powder paint is coloured pigment, which you mix with water to get wet paint.
It's popular with many schools as it is child safe, gluten free and highly versatile!
It comes in many shades including fluorescent!
Powder Paint vs Ready Mix Paint
Powder paint is highly cost effective! For runny paint, you only need very small amounts of powder.
Whether they're painting a picture, spraying the paint outside or printing/mark making, it's in your hands how thick you wish the paint to be for each task.
The dry quality of the powder paint means it has a longer shelf life.
One tub will last you months if you make mostly runny watery batches. It’s good to store powder in a dry place.
Luckily our powder paint comes in thick resealable plastic containers!
Get Creative with Powder Paint!
A few ideas to get your inspiration rolling!
get children to spoon a variety of coloured powder paint onto large pieces of paper outdoors on a day with intermittent rain showers. By the end of the day you have a mixed colour rain picture.
sprinkle powder paint onto an A3 piece of sugar paper and get children to use plant pot sprayers. Watch the transformation as the colours start to move, run and change shape! (use the fine spray setting).
Sponge and Splatter
cut out small shapes (i.e. stars, hearts, squares) and lightly stick them with blue-tack onto a big piece of thick paper. Let children dab their paint-filled sponges or splatter flickers of paint off their paintbrushes onto the paper. At the end, take away the blue-tacked shapes and reveal the shape pattern all over the paper.
prepare a colour on your pallet. Choose a printing object; you can use feathers, paintbrushes, small toy pieces like Lego, sponges, toothbrushes, sticks, roller brushes.. etc. See how many different marks you can make using that one object’s different sides. By using powder paint rather than other paints, you can create different textures and thicknesses for different marks. Powder paint is much more versatile.
Create a Turner Style Painting
a task for older children using powder paint is to create atmospheric swirling sea and sky scenes whilst learning about art, expressionism and colour exploration. Remind children they only need to start painting with very small amounts of powder and water mix, then they can build darker shades.
Coloured Sand - super easy!
You will need a zip locked plastic bag, add some sand then a tablespoon of powder paint, seal the bag, give it a good shake and squeeze. Ta-daaaa! You can start by storing loads of bags of different coloured sand. It looks beautiful applied on patterns of glue on card. Colourful, full of texture and 3D! You can make a lovely firework effect on card using glue, glitter, powder paint and sand again. Click Here to link to our Making Coloured Sand Blog
Coloured Cornflour (Great for Holi festival!)
you can use pure powder paint for Holi when mixed sparsely with cornflour. Fill a small bowl with cornflour, add a teaspoon of powder paint then add 5 tablespoons of water (do this by feel, depending on bowl size). Make sure you add enough to mix to the right colour consistency. Start adding more cornflour to thicken. Once thick pour it into a small plastic bag or thin plastic bag surface, lay onto another plastic bag and roll out the mix with a rolling pin. It will start to dry out and crumble. Start crushing it into a fine powder. You will end up with fantastic coloured powder for your Holi celebration! (You could store the powder into little plastic sandwich sealing bags.)
Sensory Shaving foam
Mix small pots of powder paint with a little water to get runny or thick paint mixes. You can choose a big, flat piece of paper/ card (black for nice contrast) or trays and fill them with shaving foam. Allow children to start mixing the paint into their tray of shaving foam using paintbrushes or small teaspoons. Try to avoid their hands going directly into the paint pots so their hands don't get too stained!
UV fluorescent and sensory tray
mix dry, fluorescent powder paint into a sand tray in a dark room setting and use UV light. (Can be done with sand and powder paint mixed in a clear plastic bottle, create your own sensory objects.)
Children and Powder Paint
Powder paint is thought to be easier to use with older KS1/ KS2 children than with nursery but there are in fact many creative ways to use powder paint with all ages.
You can use non spill paint pots for less mess and more time gained in demonstrating how to mix. Have you tried using the WASPP method?
WASPP Method: Water, Sponge, Powder, Pallet
Using powder paint will aid in children’s fine/ gross motor skill development. You can get them to mix the powder and water using the WSPP (Water, Sponge, Powder, Pallet) system of painting.
Being involved in the paint colour mixing step-by-step process will exercise the child's hand-eye coordination, organisational skills and spacial awareness
It's such a creative way to mix paint, help children understand colour shading and mixing processes in more depth , not to mention it's way more fun and tactile!
Mark making pictures turn 3D due to the variety of texture variations you can get!
For example, you could mix the paint thicker so the child can feel and see the different bumpy texture result. Adding glitter is great for adding texture in addition to thickeners!
Children spend their first years mark making and exploring materials, but by the time they reach primary school they want to start controlling their materials, make accurate impressions of the world around them and be independent.
Powder paint is great for keeping children engaged and adventurous with paint! It helps them to connect with the creative processes taking place in their work.
Science Curriculum and Powder Paint!
You can encompass the science curriculum by talking about the reaction and changes of the powder with different amounts of water, investigate different textures.
Buy UV Fluorescent powder paint for sensory science experiments under UV lights!
Add the UV Florescent colour to water bottles, sand bottles and sand pit sensory trays.
So, how best to work with powder paint?
You never need more than 1-2 maximum small teaspoons of powder paint per non-spill children’s paint pots.
Try to use paintbrushes with natural fibre bristles like hog hair. It grips the paint better.
Non-spill paint pots are the best containers to use during a powder painting session.
Use a dry spoon when putting powder paint into pots.
Our paints are mostly washable, but it’s always a good idea to wash everything straight after you use them to avoid staining clothes.
Sugar paper is a great paper to use, especially if you are doing watery spray painting or making a mixed media/ gloopy sensory mix or try cartridge paper.
If children are painting at various times throughout the day, it’s handy to keep wet paint pots in a tub with a lid to stop them drying out too quickly.
More on the WSPP System
The WSPP (Water, Sponge, Powder, Pallet) system is a simple discipline children can learn early on.
They gain a visual/ tactile memory of the paint mixing process and bringing paint to life from scratch!
Dip the paint brush in the water pot.
Press/ dab it against the sponge (paper towel/ cloth) to remove excess water. This teaches children to control the amount of water they are using.
Dip the damp brush in powder paint pot and stir into the pallet.
Apply to the paper.
They will start to learn how to the paint runny or go back and make it thicker!(video/pics)
Ways to thicken powder paint
A mixture of washing up liquid and PVA glue is a great way to thicken paint and gives you a glossy , shinny finish when dry.
Add the PVA slowly whilst stirring it into your already wet powder paint mix.
We discovered that if you start mixing half a teaspoon of washing up liquid, a teaspoon of dry powder paint, a teaspoon of cellulose powder paste and slowly keep adding water you get foamy tactile sensory goo!!
Don’t buy wallpaper paste but fungicide free cellulose powder paste, which is otherwise known as papier mache paste. Sold in 45g sachets, one sachet can make up to 5 litres of paste. Always start with water in a tub then slowly add small amounts of cellulose powder to thicken. It's a great way to avoid solid lumps!
Best to stay clear of wheat thickening recipes in group setting due to allergies - keep your mix gluten and wheat free. This glue thickening process increases the chance of paint sticking together instead of running off the paper! Less runny = less messy = less staining!
Mixed Media Fun!
Another fun versatility of powder paint is the fact that it mixes well with water, glues, sand, cornflour and shaving foam!
It's much easier to mix and colour other media with powder as opposed to ready mix paint.
Add glitter to the mix when you want a magical, twinkling finish!
Types of BCreative Paint
Our powder paints come in handy tubs, which can be re-used thanks to the secure strong re-sealable lids.
There are many fun colours to choose from; we sell six fluorescent 500g tubs, six main colours in 500g tubs great for when you want to set up primary/ secondary colour mixing and many variations/ shades in 2.5kg and 15kg!
You will find up to 20 colours to choose from in our range!
BCreative sells all powder paints photo shoots, colour runs and a variety of other uses!