Painting with objects and textures from the Bible story

Online paint craft blogs are a rich source of "things to paint with other than brushes."  

Toy cars, feathers, bubble wrap, ...if it's fun --you can paint with it.

But what about painting with "things from the Bible story" ?  Doing so is not only fun, it helps connect the activity to the story in a memorable and kinesthetic way. 

The idea is to think of objects and textures in the story and then use those to paint with. Some can be used to apply paint like a brush, others to act as "stamps." Kids should practice application techniques and results on paper before applying to canvas.  The key is to "not just use any object in a creative way" but to create using objects, textures, and ideas directly from the story that can cement meaning.

A few suggestions to help get you thinking...

  • Lord's Supper:   Paint with pita bread and grapes, perhaps a grape juice wash. 
  • Foot Washing:  Paint with your toes (and of course, your feet will need washed afterwards).
  • David and Goliath:  Paint with smooth stones, or paint smooth stones.
  • Creation: Paint each day using an object created on that day.
  • Jesus stills the storm:  Applying water colors with things that blow or flow, such as, straws.
  • Man let down through the roof:   Paint with straw, mud, brick pieces, a fiber mat.
  • Adam and Eve:  paint with mud and ashes, and stamp-paint with fruits and tree leaves.
  • Jesus on the cross:  various pieces of natural wood, flat nails, vine of thorns, colored vinegar (gall)
  • Empty Tomb:  rolling stones and (small) rolled up piece of cloth that have been dipped in paint.

Feel free to add your suggestions below.

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Great ideas!! 

Thinking about textures. What about printing with (dipping object in paint and then pressing on paper or cloth):

Bubble-wrap - use it for printing a honeycomb sort of pattern -- for Promised Land (Land of Milk and Honey)  or John the Baptist (Locusts and Honey)

Bricks - walls of Jericho, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and the Temple  

Netting - the fishing stories (where the disciples are called, and the post-resurrection appearance in John where the disciples are fishing).  I did this using nylon scrubbies from Dollar General:


So then I had to fill the net with fish. I bought cheap scrubby sponges at Dollar General and cut fish shapes to make a sort of stamp:




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Painting the Road to Emmaus Story on bread 

breadIf you paint water onto sliced bread, the painted section will take longer to toast in the toaster. The effect is to make "hidden" pictures visible after toasting.  The moisture keeps the bread from toasting as quickly where the moisture has been applied. 


  • Use dense white bread that will hold up to a brush and water. "Wonder Bread" will not do well.
  • Add cornstarch or flour to make a light paste to paint with. 
  • Stick with symbols and simple images. One word messages, etc, as it's not easy to paint detail into bread.
  • Put part of the message on one side of the bread and then the other.
  • O Taste and See!  Sharing the message with each other, adding some butter and jelly.

A "painting with objects, bread, and lemon juice" on paper idea is described in the Writing Team's "Road to Emmaus" Art Workshop (supporting member access needed). 


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