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Second, your Dad-Art kit needs a list
of art challenges on 3x5 cards. As a rule,
dads and kids like to get messy when they
do art, so the messier these challenges
are, the better. Keep plenty of newspaper
and wet washcloths nearby for cleanup.
Write one project on each card. Be crea-
tive with these and try to come up with at
least ten projects. Here are a few sugges-
tions to get you started:
• Pour some neon tempera paint onto a
paper plate. Press your hand or foot into
the paint then onto the canvas. Do this
with several different colors to create a
handprint and footprint painting with
neon tempera paint on canvas panels.
• Close your eyes and take a picture
from the bag. You have fifteen minutes
to create your own version of the picture by finger-painting with neon tempera paint.
• Create a starry sky scene by spatter
painting neon tempera onto drawing
• Thin down some neon tempera paint
and, using craft brushes, create abstract “drizzle art” by standing up and
drizzling the paint on your paper.
• Use fluorescent sidewalk chalk to draw
a sunset on your driveway or the sidewalk in front of your house.
• Dip dried leaves into neon paint and
press them on paper or canvas.
• You get the idea. Messy and fun.
The previous page shows an example
of a fluorescent handprint painting my
daughter did quite a few years ago. All she
needed was a 16x20 canvas and some fluorescent acrylic paint. That painting hangs
in our house to this day. And, although it
looks good under regular light, when you
turn on a black light, it pops. It’s also a very
special memory for this dad.
Where to Buy Black Light Supplies
As you might have guessed, most stores
don’t keep the kind of supplies you’ll
need in stock, so you’ll need to do some
shopping in advance.
You can find black light sidewalk chalk
at Eternity Arts.
Although you might be able to find
neon paint in your local art supply store,
you can also order it from an online supplier such as Blacklight.com.
Your biggest investment will be a black
light and, even though they can be ex-
pensive, it’s not necessary to spend a lot
of money. Many home improvement
stores carry fluorescent tube black lights,
often with fixtures, for under $25.00, or
you can order one from Blacklight.com.
An eighteen-inch tube and fixture will
have plenty of power to make your art
projects come alive. Steer clear of incandescent black lights. They’re a lot less expensive, but they are also less powerful.
Your results will be disappointing.
Once you have assembled your
Dad-Art kit, keep it secret and put it away
somewhere safe then wait for a rainy or
hot day when Dad and the kids are bored
. . . and let the creative juices flow.
James H. (Jim) Pence is a man of many
talents. He is a former homeschooling dad,
a published author, an accomplished singer and speaker, a performance chalk artist, and in his spare time he teaches karate,
writing, and art to homeschooled children. You can learn more about Jim at his
website: jamespence.com. James also represents and blogs for See the Light (www