How to Make a Toothbrush Spatter Painting on Paper

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Toothbrush spatter painting is a good art technique for groups or individuals. It makes a good classroom project but it is messy. There should be a large covered work surface and anyone painting should cover their clothes with a paint smock of some kind or wear old work clothes that may get more stained with paint. Toothbrush spatter painting is also a good art project to take outside on a nice day. Make pictures on paper for greeting cards or hanging art work with the toothbrush spatter painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers or other cover for work surface
  • Paint smocks or old work clothes
  • White or colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Bowls (1 for each color of paint)
  • Craft paint or acrylic paint (water-based)
  • Water
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Cover the work surface with newspapers or any type of covering to protect the work area. The paint may splatter all over. Cover the painters either in paint smocks or old clothes that can get messy in case they also get splattered with paint.

  • Pick a piece of paper for the artwork. Then take a second piece and cut a smaller shape like a square or a triangle. It should fit on the bigger piece of paper with plenty of space around it, like a large frame. Set it down on the larger piece of paper. It will be removed after the toothbrush splatter painting is done, so don't glue it in place.

  • Put one paint color in each bowl. Mix in a small amount of water to thin the paint slightly so that it will splatter easily. Place one toothbrush with each color of paint.

  • Dip the toothbrush in water then in the paint. Hold it in one hand with the toothbrush head down and bristles facing the paper. With the forefinger of your other hand, fan the paint covered bristles. Fan the toothbrush head from the bottom of the upside down toothbrush head, up. The paint will shoot off onto the paper splattering in speckles over the paper. Go all the way over the surface of the cut out paper shape still in place. Repeat with other colors if desired.

  • Once the splatter painting is done, remove the cut out shape from the larger paper background. What will be left is a plain center with a splattered frame around the center shape. Let it dry completely.

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  • Photo Credit Laurie Darroch-Meekis
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