Modern Art

This was a fun painting project Emily and I worked on together while Clara took a nap this afternoon. We were thrilled with how this turned out! Mark said he wants to hang this painting up in Emily’s room once it is completely dried, and I couldn’t agree more.

This painting was done on a leftover piece of cardboard. We used a styrofoam cup as a stamp to make the circles with black paint. (Whenever possible, use washable paints with kids!)
Then we both had fun painting the circles all different colors. Where the circles overlap, we tried mixing the colors together. Emily could paint all day long, so this was the perfect art project for her!
Once all the circles were filled in, we painted any leftover spaces black for a more finished look.
I love it!!
Bruce Gray, eat your heart out. 😉


  1. Night Owl Mama says

    My that is adorable and definately frame and wall worthy looks like she had a blast doing it too.

    You are so dang creative Wish we lived close I'd send my children over for craft hour :)lol

  2. Beautiful! This will look great on her wall.

  3. That is fantastic! I want one for my bedroom!

  4. Beautiful! 😀

  5. Booklover1212 says

    Guess what we're going to be doing tomorrow!!! That's so awesome and very frame-worthy!

    ~ Jennifer

  6. my little birdie says

    it's gorgeous. you come up with fabulous ideas i cant wait till my little one's older so we can have fun together being crafty and creative like you guys do : )

  7. shraddha/april@theselfloveproject says

    that is very cool and adorable!!

    i will have to give it a try!

    thanks for your continued support..


  8. Bona Fide Mama says

    so simple yet so delightful!

  9. 6p01156e3ada8e970c says

    I totally adore this. I have plans for doing it tomorrow with my boys. I even featured it on my blog

  10. EntertainingMom says

    We do something similar with markers… we don't use a cup (and I love that idea) and the kids draw random shapes and squiggles and then color them in. The results are truly amazing! I may do something with this cup idea… a little glue… a little something else… I'll keep you posted for sure!

  11. Your family does such great art project. I love this!!

  12. Very cool! This reminds me of the line art we did a while back…

  13. That is definitely a work of art. Will you take a picture of it hanging in her room? I'd love to see it.

  14. Infant Bibliophile says

    I love it, too! I've starred it in my reader for when our little guy is old enough to paint in the circles. He'd enjoy the stamping part now, though, so we might give it a try soon anyway.

  15. Nadia@FunWithMama says

    great idea!! i definately want to try this activity when my son gets older

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  17. Val in the Rose Garden says

    What a fun little art lesson! She did a GREAT job! I am totally impressed. 🙂


  18. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    Love it! Linked to it here. Thanks!!!

  19. says

    Oh how beautiful! I want to do this myself. =) I'll be linking.

  20. Wow that is an amazing painting! It must look amazing in her room. I would love to do this with Emily…she loves to paint to so I think she would really enjoy it!

    I am really enjoying all of your wonderful and inexpensive ideas! You are really so creative :0)

  21. We will have to try this. We have been working with color mixing and this will be a great extension. THanks

  22. I love this! My kinder class will love this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. meg duerksen says

    i am absolutely trying this at our house! i love it!

  24. Recently found your site and I LOVE it!!! My 9 yr old son and 6 yr old daughter were on Fall Break this past week. Being damp and cool, we needed an indoor activity; the Modern Art was perfect! They had a blast and I ended up with 2 lovely art pieces. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  25. VISART - DaLi Designs says

    Awesome idea, I was thinking what to do was my kids after work.