Multi-Stage Process Art


Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

I’ve had this project in mind for a while and have finally gotten around to doing it! My kids make SO much art. Often sitting down and completing painting after painting in one session, so by the end we have a whole pile of artwork and no paper left! Often their paintings are very quick though, and while that’s absolutely fine, I also wanted to try and encourage some longer projects. Art that they could come back to over the course of a few days and build upon. I decided to start with a group process art activity for my oldest three girls. They are aged 6.5 years, 4.5 years, and 20 months. My 20 month old is really interested in art lately and wanting to do whatever the older girls are doing so I wanted it to be something she could be involved in too.

Day One

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

I decided on a large canvas for the artwork, and on the first day presented the canvas along with some paint, paintbrushes, a roller, and foam brushes. As my 20 month old was joining in I knew it was highly likely the paint would end up mixed, so decided on only using colours that would work together and not turn to a big mess of brown! The girls and I decided on warm colours as it is almost spring here and it would be lovely for decorating our spring wall.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

If you’re a regular reader you know I’m all about process art! Therefore, I didn’t give them any instructions. Just presented the materials and let their creativity guide them! The roller was a clear favourite because it produced really interesting textures.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

Day Two

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

Day two was yarn and glue! I picked up this beautiful thick and colourful yarn from Spotlight and it was perfect.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

I cut the yarn into different lengths so it was ready to use and I also watered down the glue a bit so it was thinner and easy to coat the yarn with.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

They dipped the yarn in the glue and put it on the canvas however they liked.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

It was a really beautiful effect! We used PVA glue that dries clear so we wouldn’t lose any of the beautiful colour of the yarn.

Day Three

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

Next we used some beads and coloured glue. To colour the glue we simply added a little paint to it. We stuck with the warm colours again and coloured it red and yellow.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

The girls used wooden sticks to put globs of glue wherever they needed it…

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

…and also to flick some glue around, creating this beautiful effect. ‘It’s raindrops on a spiderweb Mum!’

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

Then they stuck the beads into the glue.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

It was really a group effort! Miss 20 months loved joining in and the beads in particular were great fine motor practice for her.

Day Four

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

Ok, so this wasn’t actually day four. I did intend to do it on a different day but my kids were too excited and wanted to keep going, so we actually did it right after the beads. Glitter!! Very little is complete without glitter here.

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

With glitter, they always take a ‘more is more’ approach, ha! The perfect sparkly finish!

Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!

And because it was all process oriented art then it’s not about the end result. But still, look at the end result!! I love it! It’s so different and colourful and perfect for brightening up the play room for spring. I love that they all had a hand in making it too. It just might be my favourite thing they’ve made so far! We’ve all got so many ideas for more artwork now.

What have you been creating lately?


The canvas, paint brushes, roller, foam brushes, yarn, beads, and glitter used for this project were all from Spotlight. They have a huge range of art materials and you can see them online here! A few people have asked me where I get paintbrushes for the kids that are of a good quality (often ‘kids’ brushes aren’t), but also inexpensive. The brushes in the pink tin in the first picture came in a pack of 25 for only $4.99 from Spotlight! They had a huge range and I chose this pack because it had lots of different sizes. I find it hard to get a variety of sizes without buying multiple packs and ending up with more than I need, so would definitely recommend if you’ve had the same trouble! The roller was also a huge hit so I’m going back for two more.


Multi-Stage Process Art - For all ages!!


August 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm

The artwork turned out fabulous!! I love that it was such a collaborative project! πŸ™‚

August 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Isn’t it funny how the finished product always ends up super great anyway!! πŸ™‚ Love this and that you were able to build on it over a few days – I can’t wait for the weather to keep warming up and do lots of painting outside! It’s one of our favourite sunny day activities!

August 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

How wonderful. Such a great activity and lovely to see it evolve over time.

August 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

The textures look incredible!

August 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Looks fantastic! I love the addition if the yarn and beads for extra texture

August 30, 2015 at 10:42 pm

oh this is gorgeoussssss, love the idea of continuing the project over a few days too…. really cool idea. also – coloured glue. HOW have i never thought of this!?! great idea. cant beleive the spotlight brushes are such a great price, will need to grab some x

August 31, 2015 at 11:31 am

Ooh this looks like fun!
I bet it looks fab up on your wall!

Hayley - A box of fluffies
August 31, 2015 at 11:36 am

Looks fab and lots of fun. Would be a great idea for Christmas presents for the grandparents – we may give it a go!

August 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm

What an amazingly fun art project …. even more so that it was collaborative…a lovely experience for all your girls!

August 31, 2015 at 5:55 pm

I love it all! What wonderful fun πŸ™‚

August 31, 2015 at 6:30 pm

What a beautiful post and I just love what you all created.

September 1, 2015 at 2:49 am

Hi Sara, this is fabulous, thanks so much for sharing! I was just wondering how your older girls go with your 20 month old contributing, and also how do you deal with clean up of stuff like glitter and glue afterwards? Thanks again! Charlotte

September 1, 2015 at 2:49 am

In love with it! this will be a must do at our next art time. Thanks for the beautiful idea!

September 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

We’ve got canvas yarn art down on our to-make list and I just love yours. Our pieces of art work often go over a few days and change beyond what I’d first envisioned. I love the addition of the beads to this one.

September 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

Sara, Super creative, thanks so much for sharing! I’m going to make this project boy friendly and maybe include some matchbox cars to hot glue gun on once it’s all complete! Also your outdoors art table is very inspiring. Great work here.

September 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

Love it! So beautiful! Ha, this almost makes ME want to do it ;).

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