Introducing Little Feet to Watercolour

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If you didn't already realise, I am a Mummy who loves to do arts and crafts with her two Little Feet, aka Patronus A and B. I like to create in my spare time too and my choice of medium is watercolour. Using watercolour can be beautifully unpredictable. It can be controlled off course, but often if you allow it to create itself you'll be amazed at what happens. 

I had not introduced Big Little Feet (Patronus A) to watercolour until this week. She as asking to do an 'activity', which is what we call our art time. I wanted to do something Eastery so I just cut out a large egg shape. Simple!

Before I go into how to use watercolour for those who have never used it before, I just wanted to share something. Even though I go on about allowing your children the opportunity to explore when creating, in what is called encouraging 'process art', I often struggle with that. I'll have something in my head that we are going to create. Time and time again though, she will surprise me in what she does and will take the craft somewhere that I didn't expect. She teaches me! This happened when we started this painting. 

I wanted to show Big Little Feet how to wet-on-wet paint with watercolour. Wet-on-Wet is where the magic happens. You paint the paper with water first and then load up your paintbrush with watercolour and touch it to the paper. If you quickly wash the brush and put another colour on and touch it to the paper they mix beautifully. As it turned out she made a different kind of magic happen.

After she had tried what i showed her, she saw I had a water-dropper and that is when she took me by surprised. She realised she could make water droplets on the paper and then colour them with her paintbrush and watercolour. There is a video below showing her process. 

After she was done with the water droplets she did go ahead and paint right over them but it was fun to watch her experiment to start with. 

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In fact I was so inspired by what she did, I decided to explore further and take some better pictures of the process so you all could have a better look into how to do it with your kids. 

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You will need: 

  • Water droppers
  • Water in a beaker
  • Watercolour paper (doesn't matter either way)
  • Paintbrush x3
  • Watercolours - I have various ones, block and inks. I would suggest buying perhaps three colours of watercolour ink. Ecoline or Dr. Ph Martin. Both can be bought on Amazon and other various art shops. 
  • Paint palette 

Instructions:

  1. Put some watercolour in the paint palette.
  2. Paint the paper with water so it is all wet. With a paint brush dipped in paint touch it to the paper and watch it spread. With the other paint brushes dip them in the other colours and touch them to the paper. 
  3. Allow them to use the droppers to play around with. 
  4. Have fun with it!  
 

For any that are interested in the difference of watercolour paper: 

There are different types of watercolour paper that you can use, each with different properties that will change the appearance of your work. In it's most simple explanation there are two types of surface:

Hot Pressed: smooth surface. Paint will dry very quickly. It is great for large washes but not for multiple layers. It's really good for a combination of ink, pen and drawing. 

Cold Pressed: textured surface. Good for large washes and lots of detail and layers of paint. 

I generally use cold- pressed paper however I have been trying out some Hot Pressed recently so this is what we used.