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spooky silhouette painting

October 8, 2010

This was a little messy, but turned out pretty cute!  It was a really fun painting project to do that was different than most painting projects we’ve done.  Plus, it gave us great conversation about silhouettes and sunsets!  (and how to make orange paint because we couldn’t find our’s)

With tempera paint, paint red, orange, and then yellow strips on a piece of white paper.  Make them touch – it’s even fine if they overlap.  We’ll take care of that.  And yes, since I was doing this with the 3 kids and I didn’t want to waste paint by giving everyone their own palette, we rotated the colors.

Then rinse out your paint brushes (or get new ones) and dip in water.

Brush over the painted strips, slightly blending the touching colors, to make look more like a sunset.

It should look a little something like this:

Let the paint dry.

Then, get out your black tempera paint and some thin brushes, and go to town painting “spooky” silhouettes!


I really wish I would have had my “fancy” paintbrushes for this project so the silhouettes were “crisp,” but the kids still loved them, and they do look Halloween-y, if nothing else!



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