Watercolor Paint Techniques and Ideas

Watercolor paint techniques and ideas, including watercolor resist, salty watercolors, and other watercolor art projects for kids

Two Great Easter Art Activities for Kids

2 Easter Art Activities for Kids - Easy and Beautiful!We’ve been doing lots of Easter arts and crafts these past couple of weeks!

Here are two more Easter art activities that we’ve been working on this week:

styrofoam printed Easter eggs

& painted wooden eggs

They are both easy and quick, so you still have time to do them with your kiddos!

Two Easter Art Activities for Kids

1. Painted Wooden Eggs

These painted wooden eggs will long outlast the hard-boiled kind and are so much nicer than plastic eggs. They can be brought out Easter after Easter, given as gifts, and join the play kitchen for some pretend play.

Thanks to Asia from Fun at Home with Kids for inspiring us with her tutorial on DIY watercolor wooden eggs over at Modern Parents Messy Kids! She also has a fun post on games to play with painted eggs…. 

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Melting Crayons Art on Canvas + Watercolor Resist

Melting Crayons Art on Canvas with WatercolorsWe tried doing melted crayon art on canvas yesterday.

If you saw my Instagram pictures yesterday, you know that I initially planned to try out crayons in the hot glue gun, an idea I saw on Pinterest a while back.

This did not go so well, so we resorted to our standby of putting the objects in question (the canvas panels) into the oven to heat up and then drawing on them with crayons (which melted as they touched the hot surface).

This worked beautifully!

Melting Crayons Art on Canvas

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Kids Shadow Art :: Tracing the Light

Kids Shadow Art - Tracing the Light Daphne and I made shadow art a couple of days ago. Both kids repeated the activity again this morning.

This is such a simple art activity.

Yet so absorbing. And so beautiful.

We simply traced the pattern of shadow and light made by the morning sun streaming through the sheer floral curtains in our dining room window. And then painted our shadow tracings.

You could trace any shadow, by the way—no need for special curtains.*

We’ve done shadow art before by setting up a bouquet of flowers between the sunlight and the paper. You could also set up a lamp as a light source and place your object between the light and the paper. Or go outside and trace your body onto the sidewalk with chalk…. 

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Welcome Spring with a Stained Glass Spring Art Project for Kids

Welcome Spring with a DiY Stained Glass Spring Art Project for KidsHappy first day of spring!!

Daphne and I made a spring stained glass window to welcome spring in style (and to offer all kinds of good, warm spring ju-ju so that it starts to feel a bit more like spring!). It’s light green, pink, and yellow and especially gorgeous with the morning light streaming through the front of the house!

A Stained Glass Spring Art Project for Kids

MATERIALS

  • Easel paper
  • Oil pastels, light colors if possible (crayons would work okay as well)
  • Liquid watercolor paint in spring colors
  • A multi-paned window to put the stained glass on (or any window)
  • A piece of scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS… 

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Painting a Map of My Heart :: A Family Valentines Day Art Activity

Map of My Heart Art Activity combined with DIY paint with water hearts

Our family participated in a lovely Valentines Day art activity this morning with each of us painting a map of our hearts. We included images and words for the things and people we love and value.

This is not the first time we’ve done this Map of My Heart painting activity. Maia and I painted our first heart maps three years ago when I came across the activity in Mariah Bruehl’s great book, Playful Learning. But Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect time to revisit the activity.

Watercolor Heart Activity 2

This time around I added in an idea from another blog friend, Alissa of Creative with Kids. I’ve been wanting to try Alissa’s make-your-own paint with water pages since she first posted about them. I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally did (3 years later!), in combination with the Map of My Heart activity.

Map of My Heart Art Activity combined with DIY paint with water hearts

The two ideas worked wonderfully together!

I cut out large hearts from watercolor paper, squeezed little dots of watercolor paint (from tubes) along one side, let the paint dry, and wrote “Map of My Heart” in small letters across the top.

Map of My Heart Art Activity combined with DIY paint with water hearts

The family woke up to DIY paint-with-water heart maps at their spot at the table, a black pen, a paint brush, and a cup of water. And everyone drew and painted the things that they held near and dear to them on their maps — all before breakfast.

Map of My Heart Art Activity combined with DIY paint with water hearts

Nothing like a little family bonding and reflection time disguised as a Valentines day art activity to make this mama happy.  :)

Map of My Heart Art Activity combined with DIY paint with water hearts

The little dots of dried watercolor paint worked surprisingly well–better than I expected. And the kids loved the idea!

Note: The watercolor tubes I bought were the cheapest possible ones from Michael’s and the paint cracked a bit as it dried. Not a big deal, and the project still worked well, but if you want a paint that doesn’t crack, then maybe buy a mid-priced watercolor tube rather than the bargain basement stuff.

Map of My Heart Art Activity combined with DIY paint with water hearts

We grouped our family heart maps on the side of the fridge above our motley collection of cookbooks for now. I’ll probably migrate them over to the kids art display wall soon, though.

How about you? Did you do any family Valentines day art activities today? Another good spur-of-the-moment one is the interactive heart mandala. And, of course, either the Map of My Heart or the interactive heart mandala can be made any time of the year, not just at Valentine’s Day.

A Stained Glass Bunting for the Window

A Stained Glass Bunting for the Window! Kid-friendly art activity with melted crayon drawing, watercolor, and oil. Beautiful!!

As part of our welcoming of the New Year, we started to make a variation of our "Words & Wishes for the New Year" bunting (from The Artful Winter eBook) and then decided to take it in a whole new direction. There are still words and wishes on this one, as well as doodles and drawings, but it turned into a super-colorful stained glass bunting for the window.

Here's how we did it:

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Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards


Sticker Resist Starry Night Art and Cards -- Easy for kids to make and BEAUTIFUL!

Maia, Daphne, and I have all been creating many, many of these gorgeous starry night cards. Each card is unique and a surprise, which adds an extra element of fun (and lots of oohing and ahing). But the actual process is super quick and easy, which making this a great technique for making multiple cards.

We’ve been using them for Christmas cards, but you could also use them for post-holiday thank you cards, Happy New Year cards, or to make a set of blank greeting cards as a gift.

Or just one-of-a-kind art worthy of framing for the wall.

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Snow Painting Technique for Kids :: Easy and Fun!

Snow Painting Technique for Kids -- Easy and Fun!

So you say the first day of winter is December 21st? Details, details… We declare it to be winter as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been eaten. Maybe even before.

There may not be snow on the ground here in North Carolina yet, but that's nothing a few art supplies and a vivid imagination can't fix. We use our favorite watercolor + salt technique to create snowstorms on paper, build snowmen, and provide the proper atmosphere for our wintry art.

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Watercolor and Salt Painting :: Revisiting an Old Favorite

Salty Watercolors - A Fun Kids Art ProjectWatercolor and salt painting is one of our oldest favorite art activities and one of the very first art activities that I posted about when I started this blog.

Now that Maia is 7 and Daphne is just a tad older than Maia was that first time, it’s interesting to see the changes that age and development make.

Whereas in the past, Maia made abstract designs with the glue, this time she mostly created more deliberate designs, words, and illustrations of real things such as faces and a tree.

Daphne, of course, made abstract artwork after abstract artwork.

Watercolor and Salt Painting

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