Paint with PVA Glue and School Paints

Painting with PVA Glue and School Paints:

There are a lot of ways you can use glue to create fun colourful effects with paint. One of my favourites is to create glue resist paintings.

Another great and fun idea is to get the children to paint a secret message on the paper, once dried mix up all the classes’ paintings so each child ends up with a secret mystery painting to discover with the painted sponge. Loads of fun!

Painting with PVA Glue
LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

You will need:
A bright coloured tempera poster paint 
PVA Glue – in squeeze bottles is helpful
Paper – Bright coloured paper is a great idea.
Sponge or an old dish cloth.

paint with pva glue in the classroom using school paints
Simple designs seem to work best
Let’s get started:
Draw a design onto your paper lightly with a pencil and then go over it with PVA glue.  Or simply draw a design directly onto paper with using the glue.

Using a small squeeze bottle is ideal for small hands but you could use a thin brush to paint your design if you need more control on a more complex design.  We used a the squeeze bottle for these pictures..

Let the design dry thoroughly. This can take a little time and may need to dry overnight.

When your design is completely dry, wet the sponge by dipping it in some water, then dipping it in your poster paint. Carefully wipe the sponge across the paper, covering your paper with your colour.

The paint will not stick to the dried glue and you will see the background paper through the paint.


  • Works better with a watery paint.
  • This artwork can also be made with a colourful school dye.
  • It seems to work better with simple designs like stars, flowers, rockets or simple shapes.
  • Making sure the glue is completely dry is very important to make this successful.
  • If you use a bright coloured background paper you will see this colour through the paint.  Adds another dimension to it. 

Share and Enjoy,
Tony Parker

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