I've made a goal this summer to spend some quality art time with my son. He's eight and growing up fast! And even though art is not his favorite thing to do, I've found that if I can frame an art project as an "experiment" (which it really is), he is much more willing to try it.
This sharpie canvas art project is my favorite one we've tried! And I love being able to connect with my son this way. We made it more about the process than about the final product. We just wanted to see what happened when we drew crazy patterns with different types of markers and sprayed them with rubbing alcohol. We discovered a few fun things along the way!
So keep reading below to see how we made this fun collaborative piece of art!
wrapped canvas or canvas board
small spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
Step 1: Use your imagination and start drawing any patterns or designs on your canvas that strike your fancy. It worked out for us that my son drew a funny face in the middle and I worked on the edges.
Step 2: Fill in the white spaces, varying the colors and patterns. You can use sharpies or washable markers for this. We found that washable markers spread more easily after spraying with the rubbing alcohol- so I highly recommend trying it!
Step 3: Spry your entire canvas with rubbing alcohol. You can spray sections as you fill them in (that's what we did) and then spray the whole thing all over again after its all colored in. I think spraying while the markers are wet helps the ink spread and blend more easily.
We also tried scraping the canvas with the tips of markers to create some extra texture. You could use popsicle sticks, an old credit card, or all kinds of things to do this!
Your canvas will dry fairly quickly and before you know it, you'll have a colorful abstract piece of art to hang up!
Looking for more art project ideas for your kids? I've got a few more in store for you!