Have a Blast With Water Gun Painting

Put an alternative twist on playing with water guns in the backyard this summer by creating your own unique works of art. 

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Like I did when I was little, my kids love a good water gun fight.  When I was shopping at the local discount store, I came across these water guns. I’m always on the hunt for summer boredom-busters for the kids. I knew that they would love me picking these up for them. Then as I spied the acrylic paint in the next aisle over, it came to me. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to spray paint with friends using the water guns? The kids could work together or alone to create one-of- a-kind masterpieces. 

Paper is painted with waterguns.

Create Watergun Paintings

Learn how to make watergun paintings with this summer with the kids.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Once I arrived home, I shared my idea with the kids.  Soon enough, we got to work and I found that the neighborhood kids had decided to join us too! Here’s what we did.

Supply List:

  • waterguns
  • acrylic paint
  • water
  • paper or canvases
  • paper bags
Paint is added to the watergun.

Add Paint to the Watergun for Painting

Fill the Water Gun approximately 1/4 full with acrylic paint.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Begin by filling the water guns approximately a quarter full of acrylic paint. Chose your favorite colors. We chose green, red, teal and yellow. 

Water is added to the watergun.

Add Water to Complete the Watergun Paint

Fill the watergun with water and mix with the paint.

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Melissa Caughey

Next fill the water guns with water the remainder of the way full. Close the plug and shake gently in the sink to combine the paint and the water to make a watered-down paint mixture.

Blank paper is put on top of a protective layer of paper.

Protect the Workspace for Watergun Painting

Layout a protective layer and get ready to paint.

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Melissa Caughey

Working on the lawn, spread out opened paper bags to protect the area to some degree.  (The paint will disappear with the lawn mowing. You can also rinse it off while it is still wet.)

Water guns spray paint on paper.

Mix Up the Colors with Watergun Painting

Mix up the colors with by filling different water guns with your favorite paint colors.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Next, add some blank paper or canvas to the paper bags and spray away. Create drips, sprays and droplets in a rainbow of colors. 

Wet paintings dry in the sun.

Drying the Watergun Paintings

Lay the paintings in the sun to dry completely.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Once you are happy with your masterpieces, place them on the lawn to dry. In the meantime, rinse out the water guns and fill with water to continue with the summer fun!

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