Long summer holidays! If you are a parent, then that exclamatory phrase probably transpires into a dreaded time of broken artifacts, messy, and stained rooms, and listening to a constant monotonous chant of 'I am bored'. And if not that, then it is the fear that your kids are going to win the next contest which announces the Couch Potato of the Year.
Watercolors or aquarelle, as they are known in France, are not the easiest mediums to work with, as painting with them requires mastery over the technique.
Watercolor Paint Crafts for Kids
Make sure that the paint is diluted. The paint will fill in everywhere except the area which is drawn in with the crayon.
Do the same with the remaining two colors till they meet near the center. This will give a four tone effect to the center, while maintaining the individuality of the colors near the corners.
Rub off the masking paint, with your fingers. If you want to use layers of colors in the original design, you could use the paint on different parts and color it one section at a time.
» Salted Color Paintings
On an art paper sheet, draw the outline of the image that you want to paint. Paint in the areas that you would want the attention to be on. Ensure that you paint these areas in bright colors.
Now sprinkle regular salt on this section, and let it dry. The salt creates a beautiful pattern and gives the painting a speckled texture. Once the painting is dry, you can brush off the salt and paint the other areas carefully.
Paint thick coats of different colors on the sheet and then with your fingers, make abstract designs. Give it a blurry and fuzzy feeling. After the painting dries, you can use sketch pens to draw a design on it.
Take a sheet of paper and paint it in a pastel shade. You can lighten a watercolor by adding water or white color to it. Take an old toothbrush, and dip it in a contrasting darker color. Then hold the brush on top of the paper, and run your index finger over the bristles of the brush. The droplets that will fall on the paper will form a beautiful design.
For this, a spool of thread is needed. Take a piece of paper and keep it on a flat surface. Take a piece of thread and dip it in paint. Now place this thread on the paper in any design of your liking. Press onto one end of the thread, and pull the thread using the other end. This will cause the formation of a design on the paper.
These watercolor art projects allow kids to explore new avenues in arts and crafts. You can either use the aforementioned ideas, or twist them a little with your own ideas.