Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Today I would like to show you how to make a painting using a toothbrush. Another term for this is spatter painting.

Spatter Painting - tadeo turtle


1. Paper
2. Paint – tempera or watercolour
3. Brush
4. Toothbrush
5. Scissors
6. Cardboard or stock paper
7. Water


Draw your object – I chose a turtle.

Draw your object

Cut out the object and place it on a piece of paper.


Mix up your paint. Stick with the three primary colours: blue, yellow and red.


Tape the object to the paper.


Using a toothbrush spray the paint onto the paper.





Move the paint around. Twist the paper in all directions – any wet paint will run to make interesting patterns.


When you are finished take off the stencil. At this point you can leave the stencil as is or you can paint it. I chose to paint it.



As you can see I did not have the stencil firmly in place. If you want crisp lines ensure that the stencil is tacked down better than I did.


The finished product.


Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

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    1. Tammy,
      I will visit you and would love to see your technique. I have used my paintbrush for spattering before – but haven’t used a toothbrush for this technique for a long time.

  1. This is a beautiful technique – I often wondered how artists achieve this look in illustrations! Visiting from Crafty Moms Share.

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