Thursday, July 4, 2013

Toothbrush Art

Okay, I did not come up with this idea but it sounds like so much fun that I wanted to give you all a chance to try it anyway.  

I found it on the website: blogmemom. Just click this link to see the original post.  She sounds like a Mom with some really cool ideas for projects with her family.

Art activities: motorized toothbrush art.

If you try this art activity, you will witness some tricks an electronic toothbrush can do –  the way it can paint. Yes, toothbrush painting done by a toothbrush.
Continuing with the toothbrush art activity, we did another art project using motorized toothbrush – the battery operated one with vibrating bristles.

You will need only liquid water colors, a table (outdoor) and an electronic toothbrush. We used an Oral-b Pulsar toothbrush to make the little guy paint for us..
In case you are wondering we used an old pulsar toothbrush.
materials for the project
My preschooler dipped the brush into liquid water colors and placed he brush face down on the paper and watched it in excitement. The brush vibrates and makes a nice smooth movement around the table.
moving art actvity
 The brush would begin to form a semi-circle and she would slowly nudge it to form a full circle. Couple of times the brush moved around and did form a perfect circle all by itself. Here are the three beautiful circles we created.
circles made
She explored with many colors and tried forming overlapping circles.
concentric circles
 It was truly FUN to watch the toothbrush move around and paint by itself.  She also re dipped her brush with paint every now and then to keep the color going. You will see that the top bristles are the ones which are mostly making the marks.
moving around the toothbrush
She got the brush to make swirly lines patterns.
painting with toothbrush
The child can be as much or as little involved in this electronic painting art activity. Ofcourse most kids would want to be VERY much involved. It also showed my kid to make very minimal and gentle movements to get the best result.
lines made with toothbrush
A cool variation: Try to collect many electronic toothbrushes and let them ALL SPIN at the same time with different colors. OOh I’d love to try that!
 brush marks
Recap of notes:
Flat. smooth surface with minimal cover on the table
Thin paints- best bet liquid water colors
Dip with colors during the process to keep the continuity of colors.
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