How to Make Mixed-Media Notecards with Kids

How to Make Mixed Media Notecards with Kids


  • Watercolor paper
  • Crayons or pencils
  • Watercolor paints
  • Brushes
  • Colored construction paper
  • Blank note cards
  • Glue
  • Scissors

These note cards are perfect for everyday greeting cards, as well as holiday or birthday cards. They also look good framed!

You can start with a full size piece of paper that you cut into smaller pieces later, or you can pre-cut the paper into smaller pieces, such as 3 x 5 inches. Use a good quality heavy weight paper, such as watercolor paper. Hold the paper in place on the table with masking tape and let your child draw with crayons or pencils. Maia usually uses chunky crayons, but gets most excited about using adult pencils and pens.

How to Make Mixed Media Notecards with Kids

Maia painting over her drawing. Photo by Bobbi Holland.

After your child is finished drawing, bring out the paints and brushes and encourage your child to paint over the drawing. Watercolor paints are transparent enough to allow the drawing to show through.

You can buy the dry watercolor cakes in a tin, watercolors in a tube, or liquid watercolors. I prefer liquid watercolor paint or tubes for toddlers. If using the watercolor tubes, squeeze a small amount into a bowl and add plenty of water before handing the bowl to the child with a brush. If using the liquid watercolors, you can either use them full strength or dilute them with water.

Two to three colors—one per bowl—is more than enough at the beginning.

Let the paintings dry.

How to Make Mixed Media Notecards with Kids

Mixed-media paintings by the Toddler Art Group. Photo by Bobbi Holland.

After the painting dries, you can glue it to a blank note card or a piece of paper folded in half. I like to cut a piece of construction paper in a complementary color about a half inch wider than the artwork to provide a visual frame. I then assemble and glue the three pieces together:

  • folded note card
  • colored construction paper
  • artwork

Set under a heavy book for a few hours so it will dry flat.

How to Make Mixed Media Notecards with Kids

(Note: For these cards, we actually used a sparkly paint that one of the art group members brought in, rather than watercolors, but we diluted the paints with water so that they would work somewhat like watercolors.)

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  • Reply
    February 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    This is a great idea. All my children will love to do this. We have done something similar but I’ve hadn’t thought of mixing medias.

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    February 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Hi, I love this blog and want you to know that I just reviewed it on BabyCenter ( and will be adding a link to it from my personal website as well. Thanks for all this awesome information. I am so inspired by you! Patricia

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    February 4, 2008 at 3:21 am

    i just found your blog–reviewed by my friend patricia at babycenter. It is full of so much wonderful inspiration and information. I can’t wait to sit down and take it all in.

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    February 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    i love making notecards with the boys’ art… i’ve not thought of using watercolors as a medium- thx for the idea!

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