Part of the reason why I like watercolours so much is mess is kept to a minimum and it’s easy set up and clean up. I can stick a cup of water on the table with paper and a watercolour tray and know the kids will be occupied for a good half an hour. Another reason to love watercolours is its whimsical finish.
I’m rather fascinated by painting and beautiful drawings in general, and so it’s something I look to explore further with my kids. To be honest, I’m not a fan of doing structured educational activities at home as such; however I am an advocate of learning, especially when it extends an interest or passion. Below are some of the early watercolour techniques I’ve explored with my kids.
A cup of water
Paper towel (for absorbing excess water)
Piece of paper
Paint Brushes (it’s a good idea to have a few different sizes for variety and experimentation)
I don’t tend to stress about paint going on the table because cleaning up is as easy a wet cloth, tipping the water out in a garden and hanging paintings to dry on the line.
Basic brush techniques
Experimenting with different ways of moving the brush.
Dry brush / Wet brush
Two different looks can be achieved by using a very wet brush or a relatively dry one.
Wet paper / Dry paper
Wet the paper with a spray bottle before painting. This can provide an easy surface to belend colours.
What colour combinations can you create?
Watercolour Painting: Autumn Bloom Tree
Here’s another (more advanced but not difficult) watercolour activity I did with the kids: Autumn Bloom Tree. It turned out fantastic! Click the picture below for the full tutorial.