We've heard there are endless ways to re-purpose plastic bottle caps so we have been saving them for a while now.....time to put them to re-use!
We were inspired by We Heart Art : Luli Sanchez Dot Paintings to use some of our caps as stamps for a print featuring circles in different colors and sizes.
You will need:
acrylic paint (we tried tempera and the paint just puckers and doesn't leave a smooth print like acrylic)
plastic bottle caps in various sizes
For younger artists you may want to mark with pencil where the circles will go, if they decide they want a uniform, grid like print. Otherwise, children can place circles wherever they like on the page.
Have children select 4 or 5 different colors.
Apply paint to the top of the bottle cap with a paint brush then press onto the paper.
Re-paint and press again. Repeat until they are satisfied with the results.
Children may want to vary colors in the first layer of circles. We used large circles in the first layer and smaller circles in the second layer, but there is no reason kids couldn't mix sizes as well as colors between each of the layers.
Be sure to have a small and large bottle cap and paint brush for each color so you don't have to wash between colors.
Be sure to wash your brushes while waiting for the painting to dry. Acrylic paint is more difficult to remove from paint brushes than tempera paint.
Apply second layer of circles.
The best part about this project, besides the stunning prints, you can wash off the bottle caps and use them again for another project.