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Negative Painting – White paint on Black paper

by on Apr 6th, 2011

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It’s always fun to do art, and it’s even more fun when we do it in an unusual way! So since we’re all used to painting colors on white paper, why not try painting on black paper instead? Moreover, why not try painting the outside instead of inside? Here’s another fun way of painting that can be done in a few simple steps!

Younger kids can do it the simple way with a little guidance while older kids can do the cutting part on their own!

What you will need

  • Cardboard/Folders
  • Cotton
  • Masking Tape
  • White Paint
  • Black Paper
  • Scissors

Teacher’s Turn:

For toddlers or young children, teachers need to help cut the shapes for them using cardboard or folders. Use basic shapes like circles, squares, triangles, etc. Older children on the other hand can either rip their own shapes from masking tape or cut them out from cardboards.

Instead of using paint brushes, we decided to use cotton for an added cloudy effect. Since the cotton easily falls apart, we wrapped them up in some masking tape to make it easier for the children to hold.

Kid’s Turn

Step 1: Stick the shapes unto the paper using the tape

We were thrilled to see the children’s imaginations at work as some of them were able to make cars and rockets using the shapes!

Step 2: Dab the cotton into the paint and start painting the black part of your paper

Step 3: Wait for it to dry and remove the cardboards

Step 4: Show off your beautiful masterpiece!

This was so much fun to make! Not only did the kids get to exercise their imagination, but they were also so amazed after they removed the cardboard pieces. It was as if they had just performed their first magic trick!



Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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