Watercolor Paints

Snippets, Photos, and a Question


Watercolor Paints

I have so many blog posts and photos to share with you. So many!  My photo file is full of photos of artful activities that we’ve been doing and I have a lot more ideas in lists, notebooks, and in my head.

Yet, when I sat down to write a post last night, I came up blank.

Maybe it was because I had spent the day caring for a sick little one and just wasn’t in the right headspace, or maybe it was because I have so much I want to share with you right now that I just don’t know where to start.

Either way, I thought I’d share some recent photos and snippets of what we’ve been up to and ask for your help. You tell me which you’d most like to see as a blog post!

Note: You may have seen a few of these photos if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook as I tend to share more of our day-to-day in progress art activities and experiments there.

Here goes!

Photos & Snippets…

Painting in the Kids Art Studio

Maia’s been working on a couple of paintings in the studio lately using watercolors on the easel. One free-form (in progress above) for her beloved 3rd grade teacher and one cat (hanging on the drying wall) for the teacher’s son. The easel paper isn’t ideal for watercolor paintings but has been holding up remarkably well.

I love how the wall-mounted studio tables fold down out of the way when we want the space!

Painting small in the kids art studio

When the paper roll for our drawing table ran out recently, I set up a small-scale art prompt which both kids ended up using at different times…

I taped down little squares of watercolor paper and completed the art invitation with some hole reinforcement stickers, a tin of watercolors, and some crayons in a new crayon holder made for us by a friend (you can search “wooden crayon holder” on etsy to find one of your own.)

Kids in the Bean Pole Teepee

Our beans are growing strong and beginning to climb up the sides of the bean pole teepee! We are so excited about this, despite the fact that we grow one of these almost every year! This one is our biggest yet, and perfect for tea parties, afternoon snacks with friends, pretend play, and more.

Painted Rock Garden Markers

When my mom was visiting us earlier this month, we all painted some rock garden markers together. I decided to combine the painted markers with the meaningful literacy activity from Playful Learning (which I also shared earlier in my post on making learning fun with rocks). Here Daphne’s writing some of the fruits and vegetable names on the stones with permanent marker.

Summer Fun Bucket List Printable

We had lots of fun working on our summer bucket lists recently. Here Daphne is asking me how to write that she wants to go to the beach. Maia wrote her lengthy list on the lines provided within the bucket…

Summer Bucket List Printable

(If you are signed up for my weekly ARTletter, you’ll have received this as a  free printable. If you’re not yet, but want it, subscribe now and I’ll add it to the newsletter again this week. Just ’cause.)

Poetry Books for Children

We’ve been ignoring laundry piles in favor of art activities, books, poetry and more. I certainly won’t be winning any housekeeper-of-the-year awards. But! We’re loving going back through Susan Marie Swanson’s book recommendations and exploring poetry for children.

Leaf Printing with Kids

Leaf printing is always a fun activity for kids, whether the leaf prints are on fabric, paper, or even cookies. Daphne and I did some leaf and fern printing on fabric with some of her preschool classmates to create a teacher gift (pretty sure the teachers don’t read my blog and won’t see this prematurely…).

We used some fabric paint we mixed up ourselves from BioColor paint and a fabric medium since it worked so well with our heart doily printed t-shirts earlier this year.

Chalkboard Drawing Prompts for Kids

The big chalkboard is pretty central in our house and still gets a LOT of use. You’ve seen it in lots of my posts, right? I’ve been setting up more drawing prompts on the chalkboard lately as a way to encourage creative thinking and to get the kids to use the chalkboard in different ways.

Mini Challenge Drawings for Kids

We’ve also revisited challenge drawings recently when I made a bunch of mini drawing challenge papers for a road trip. The kids were very inspired by them and kept requesting more and more! (Luckily I brought along some paper, scissors, and a glue stick in the car.)

An Artful Interview Format

Maia was inspired to interview me after I sat down and interviewed her and her sister recently. I am so impressed by her creative format for the interview!

Cake Experiment and cooking with kids

Both kids have always loved to help cook, but Maia has become more and more independent in the kitchen over the past year. She started by making pancakes, muffins, cookies, and popovers on her own last summer. This year she’s been in charge of cooking dinner one night a week. And she has also been making up her own recipes more and more frequently. This cake is one that she made up this week and it turned out surprisingly well.

I could keep going, but I imagine this post has gotten long enough as it is…

Which of photos and snippets that I just shared would you like to see as a more complete blog post or tutorial? Please let me know!

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  • Reply
    June 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I love all of these ideas Jean. I’ve not had as much time lately as I would like to read online (your book is getting lots of good use though) – so this kind of post that touches on lots of ideas hits me in the sweet spot. If I had to choose just one though, Daphne’s drawing/writing. I’m totally impressed with her work! xo

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    June 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    They all sound great, but I’d love to hear more about challenge drawings. Thanks!

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    June 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Wow! What fun you’ve been having! I love that Maia interviewed you! And her creation! Beautiful!

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    Joleen Smart
    June 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I luckily stumbled upon you when I was pregnant with my 1st daughter 3 years ago. I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for constantly inspiring me with fresh and exciting ideas to try with my two daughters. We have so many wonderful artful memories which I doubt would exist if you didn’t do what you do. I would love some guidance on drawing prompts. I look forward to whatever you choose to share!

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    Sarah M
    June 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I love the bean pole photo and the challenge drawings! I don’t know that you have to feel pressure to do another post about any of them–especially since you’ve shared them before. Just seeing the girls’ work and what you’ve been doing in photos is inspiration enough for me. The watercolor set photo is lovely!
    Sarah M

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    June 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I know you said these could lead into other blog posts, but I’m feeling a bit breathless but all the wonderful ideas right here! I’d love to hear more about all of them, but am particularly intrigued by the challenge drawings.

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    June 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Everything you post helps. Seeing the results of your children’s projects is always a bonus. And the easel paintings are interesting. So are the rocks. Umm..everything is pretty great.

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    June 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I’d love to see more from the preschool teacher gift project – process and finished product!! :)

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    June 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Watching your kids grow brings me to your blog over and over. Beautiful, funny, creative, and so like you.

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