Learning Laboratory: Painting with cotton swabs

painting with cotton swabs

Sometimes all that is needed to spark the imagination is a new art medium.

Johnny admires his paint-dipped cotton swab

In this case, cotton swabs. They had fallen on the floor, so I thought, “Why not?”

Emma paints her foot with a cotton swab

Emma took the creativity to another level, painting her foot…

Cotton swab foot print

To make a print with a unique texture.

Completed cotton swab paintings

Their completed paintings are quite striking!

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

12 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: Painting with cotton swabs”

  1. Fun! Reminds me of when I was a kid, my mom would have us draw a picture with washable markers. Then she’d give us wet q tips and our picture would magically turn into a watercolor painting as we traced our lines. Pretty cool.

  2. Oh, Emma’s use of a medium cracked me up! Anna loves q-tip painting on those “magic paint” books that I got from Michael’s. They come with a paint strip on the bottom, and the size is perfect for her attention span.

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    What a great idea! Love the vivid colours and how absorbed they all are in the first picture!

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