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I was given a shoppertunity challenge, and a free reign. "Find something you want to do on Pinterest, and do it!" So I took to my "Things for Squeaky" board, and once I realised I couldn't buy up the whole of Ikea, I opted for homemade glitter pavement paints based on this recipe from The Imagination Tree, as the weather's still reasonable, and it sounds like something different to do. You can have a look at my shopping expedition here.
|No nail polish! Shock! Horror!|
Cornflour is brilliant stuff. I couldn't get Squeaky all that interested in the paint-making process, but she was still confused by the solid/liquid state of the cornflour & water mix. I'm sure I've mentioned my fascination with Non-Newtonian fluids before (thanks to a couple of episodes of Brainiac), but the way the mix reacts to being stirred is just crazy. It thickens up as you stir it, and then goes back to being liquid again when you leave it alone. To the extent that I could pick up a solid chunk of paint, and then let it pour back into the container. I'm easily amused.
|Investigating the paints|
Good job really, as they quickly decided to paint themselves. It's the freedom of being allowed to do the daft things you're normally told off for. But that's part of why I chose this activity - a chance to explore colour, texture and art in a different way. You want to paint your face? Go ahead.
Or your feet. Strange girl.
And my garden chairs. As you can see, the paints dry to a chalky kind of effect, and while they run a bit, they're much neater than traditional paints, as they were quite thick.
It wasn't just mess though, we did make some bits of real art.
It's tricky stuff to get used to - it was quite hard to paint as you'd normally do, as the tension of dragging the brush on the floor made the paint thicken up (non-Newtonian again). So it was easier to dab than to brush, which is where the sponges came into their own. I think I'd make the paints slightly thinner next time, they might be easier to draw with that way.
The girls insisted I made a second batch of paints, a couple of slightly different colours this time, so they could carry on painting themselves and every available surface - including a couple of slightly confused balloons. What those poor balloons had done to deserve such treatment, I really don't know.
Our finished sunshine, and accompanying raincloud. Quite appropriate for the Welsh weather really. I think we might have a new Sian Lloyd on our hands with these two.
The glitter didn't show up quite as much as I'd hoped from the amount that you could see in the paints. It was quite subtle once the paints were used. But I like the effect, and I think if there had been much more glitter involved, I would have struggled to clean up.
As it was, the patio cleaned up really easily, given 5 minutes with the hosepipe, the chairs much the same. The windows took a little bit more work, because the paint had smeared on them a bit, but even there, we're not talking a lot of effort. The girls cleaned up just fine with a handful of wet wipes & a quick dip in the bath. In fact, by the next day, the only way you could tell we'd been up to anything was the food colourant which had stained my fingers while I was mixing the paints. I'll wear gloves next time.