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Splatter Paint using a Toothbrush

I admit that this technique is a bit of a no-brainer. It’s been an art activity we’ve shown our kids and probably did when we were kids as well. But I wanted To do two things: make this section of my blog include any and all background techniques, but also remind everyone that you can turn all sorts of ideas, including the simple ones, into a backdrop for your mixed media art adventures.

Splatter paint with a toothbrush tutorial

You are going to need:

I made two backgrounds. One with acrylic paint and one with liquid watercolors.

I started with a flat background color in both cases

Start background technique with a layer of acrylic craft paint
Start your background with a layer of liquid watercolors

If you use acrylic paint, make sure you water it down.

Water down craft paint before you use it to spatter with a toothbrush

And if you use liquid watercolors, you only have to dip your toothbrush in.

Dip a toothbrush into liquid watercolors to splatter paint

Now, here is the important part when you go to flick your toothbrush:

DON'T HOLD THE TOOTHBRUSH OVER YOUR PAPER…unless you want big droplets on your page.

Hold your toothbrush to the side of the paper for spattering. And then rub your thumb down the bristles in one quick motion:

Acrylic paints toothbrush spattering
Liquid watercolors toothbrush spattering diy

I used different shades of yellow acrylics.

Background with spattered acrylic craft paint using a toothbrush tutorial

Here is with the watercolor:

Tutorial on spattering watercolors with a toothbrush

And here is an artist trading card I made using the yellow background:

Artist trading card using the toothbrush spatter background technique.

Splatter paint with your toothbrush tutorial

Paint splatter technique with a toothbrush


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