This is great fun but can be messy so protect your table with plenty of newspaper. I usually like to recycle, but apart from being a bit yucky using old toothbrushes I recommend buying a cheap pack of toothbrushes and keeping them just for crafting, they will come in handy for all sorts of projects. Use old yoghurt pots as paint pots, they stack on top of each other so won’t take up much room, will last for ages and you can use them as glue pots too.
1. Collect together all your materials and protect your table with newspaper.
2. Lay your piece of paper on the newspaper. Splatter painting makes a great piece of artwork on its own but you can also lay stencils and cut out shapes on your pictures too and splatter on top of them. Carefully lift them out of the way when you have finished.
3. Dip a toothbrush in some paint (thinned with water to make it easier to flick) and holding it near the paper use a lolly/craft stick on the front of the bristles and pull it back towards yourself. This should flick splatters of paint onto your paper. Use as many colours as you like and flick them wherever you want on your picture. This technique is great for making snow pictures, a starry night sky or for fireworks.
4. Spatters can make a great background for a picture so when they are dry add to your picture using more paints, crayons, pastels, or stickers let your imagination run wild. And the stencils and shapes also look great after being splattered – why not use them in a collage?