This afternoon we were doing an oceans painting project (that I'll share tomorrow) and my little guy kept making huge blobs with the puffy paint. I started getting annoyed because it seemed wasteful to me. After all, the blobs would take forever to dry, looked ugly in my mind, and paint can be expensive, so I didn't want to waste it! (I am such a terrible mom sometimes!)
Little man had more of a vision than I did. He pointed at a can of beans that we'd used to crush some crackers and said, "I want to use that." I let him go for it... and loved the results!
He kept adding more dots/blobs of paints.
Then we got a bigger piece of paper because we were having so much fun. I did the yellow squiggly (could you tell?) and the little guy did the rest.
I felt giddy the whole time. It was like using a roller brush, but so much cooler. The texture that the can left on the paint was awesome. The grooves that looked like little tree branches or plant veins were beautiful.
My little guy was pretty proud of himself for taking our art session in a completely different direction... a much more creative one.
Once we were done, we rolled the can all over a giant white piece of drawing paper to get the rest of the residue off of it... I think we might try and make one of these can drums (once it dries and I've dumped out the contents into a tupperware to put in the fridge).
Hooray for accidental masterpieces!!