The first ever art project that I can remember was spatter painting leaves on the sidewalk. I was probably about four or five. A very nice handyman, who I must have been harassing mercilessly, set me up with a piece of screen, a toothbrush, and some paint- he showed me how to make leaf pictures. It made a big impression on me, as the paintings actually looked exactly like the leaves- not my usual semi-abstract dogs and horses- I was delighted.
This is a simple instructable- but you could make it any size/color/colors you like.
Step 1: Materials
1 frame (this one cost $1.00 at a thrift shop)
some screen (this cost $0.89 at hardware store- 2'x1')
any fairly flexable wire- i used 'craft wire'- a staple gun would work great
gouache (opaque water color) Acrylic paint (thinned out with water) didn't work at all for me- clogged up the holes. Probably colored inks would do well.
something to paint
something to paint on (i used card stock)
some pins if you want/need to hold things down