Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Painting badge Part Two of Four

Brownies can earn their Painting badge at home thanks to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team! We started by getting inspired and learning how to make an art journal. To help you fulfill Step Two (Paint the Real World) and Step Four (Paint Without Brushes), we’re going to teach you how to make an aspen resist painting. You can also watch a video to help you complete these steps of the badge.


  • Paper
  • Paint and Palette/Plate
  • “Found” Paintbrushes (anything you choose to use as a paintbrush)
    • Cotton Swabs
    • Cotton Balls
    • Makeup Sponge
  • Yarn/String/Twine/Ribbon (6 pieces, each 12 inches long)
  • Tape
  • Pen/Marker/Pencil


  1. Collect all of your materials and find a clean workspace.

  1. Tape your pieces of string/twine to the paper. The string will be blocking out the trunks of your aspen trees. So, if you want thin trunks, only use one piece of twine per tree. If you want thicker trunks, use two pieces of twine together.

  1. Once you’ve finished taping out your aspen trunks, it is time to paint!
    1. Take your found paintbrush and begin dabbing paint onto the paper. Dab all around the yarn, being careful not to move the yarn around as you paint.
    2. You want the blank spaces to remain under where the yarn is, as those will be the trunks of your aspen trees.

  1. You can use the same found paintbrush object (like a cotton ball or makeup sponge) for painting different colors. This will help with the color blending. You can also experiment with different types of found paintbrushes.

  1. Once you have finished painting, wait for the paint to dry for a little bit. Then, carefully un-tape and remove the yarn from the paper.

  1. Finally, draw details onto the tree trunks using a pen or marker. This is how you can make the white spaces left by the twine really look like aspen trees.

  1. Hang your finished painting somewhere prominent!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.