By Amy Pearce Stone of Her Art from the Attic
I wanted to create a giant slip n' slide, but using only water would not suffice. This needed to be epic. I had to use paint, because ya know--it's me! I wanted color and messiness. Any time messiness can be purposeful and fun, it gets my vote! In this post I'll show you a video of us using the paint slip n' slide, and another video of how to create your own.
Have you ever just wanted to make your whole body glide through paint? Here's a video of my family and friends doing it, here! CLICK THE PIC BELOW to watch the video
-Slip n' Slide (you can also use a tarp or painter's plastic). We actually used the back of two discarded billboard vinyls, but those are hard to come by.
-Tempera Paint- whatever colors you want. You'll need tempera paint because it's non-toxic, which is a good idea if you're going to be covered in it. Also, tempera paint washed out of clothes, pretty easily. The bigger your slip n. slide is, the more paint you'll need. I used 20 gallons of paint, for this bad boy. I suggest getting them by the gallon. Wal-Mart sells gallon jugs of tempera paint for around $10.
-Water (it's helpful to have both a hose and water in buckets- you can dilute your paint to make it last longer. However, the less you dilute it, the more colorful you will be after you slide down. If I could've afforded it, I wouldn't have diluted the paint, at all.
-Squirt Guns- I prefer the instant fill kind, so you can suck the paint up and squirt it on the slip n' slide, with speed and ease.
-Goggles- Protect your eyes. You don't want paint in your pretty little peepers!
-Dish Soap (optional)- This will just give you extra speed and a nice slimy glide.
What do you wear? Whatever you want, really. Some of our crowd wore swimming suits so their glide would be less encumbered, and some wore white shirts so they could see the colors of the paint. I don't know that I'd recommend one over the other. You'd probably want to steer clear of rough of bulgy clothing, that may slow you down or give you a lumpy ride.
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