Painting on canvas is a creative way for girls to explore new mediums. I loved this canvas painting project we discovered while at the Evansville Museum this past weekend; it would be a great way to explore painting on textures and provide a creative outlet for girls of all ages.
Painting with High-Flow Acrylics on Canvas
The art room at the Evansville Museum offered an experimental art project for attendees: try out acrylic painting on canvas. The twist? Using what’s called high-flow acrylic paint.
I’ve used acrylics on a number of projects, including DIY T-shirts, and find that typical acrylic paints are heavy and stiff when on fabric. “Textile medium,” which is a paint additive, helps in those cases for wearable art, but
What are High-Flow Acrylic Paints?
High-flow acrylic paints are a thinner acrylic paint, with an ink-like consistency that can be used not only for painting but also other techniques that would appeal to older Girl Scouts, including staining, leveling, calligraphy, and mixed media.
Here’s a video that goes into the differences between high-flow acrylic paints and the acrylic paints you’re used to a bit further:
Ready to get started?
Painting on Canvas with High-Flow Acrylic Paint
- Canvas pieces – you can either buy these in the fabric store or you can buy rolled or yards of canvas online. You could need to cut into pieces for the project.
- High-flow acrylic paint
- Acrylic flow release medium
- Paint brushes of varying sizes
- Cup of water for each station
- Plates or other surfaces for the girls to mix paints on
- Covering for the table surface!
In one cup of water, add a few drops of the acrylic flow release medium and stir. (Have other cups available for rinsing paint brushes.)
On each plate, put a dime-sized amount of each color of paint desired.
Brush a layer of the water/acrylic flow release mixture on your canvas piece.
Enjoy painting your masterpiece!
For more ideas:
Experiment to see the difference on your material when you use high-flow release and when you don’t. You can see a dried version here:
Or, use the high-flow acrylics for staining projects done for your Woodworking badge, calligraphy and mixed media projects. Here are ideas to get started:
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