Friday, June 21, 2013

Wet on Watercolor

Something we spend a lot of time on around here is wet on watercolor painting. This is a will activity so my little guy stays engaged with it for hours.

The results are satisfying and can be turned into beautiful cards or other art projects. The idea is to give children a unique painting experience without any form. The colors find their own way of blending and every painting looks completely different when finished. One of kind!

We started painting with just one color, you would be surprised to see how beautiful even one color on its own is. Now that little man is older he is especially keen on knowing what colors mix together to form other colors. We started with primary colors and started adding other color combinations. It was fun to see his reaction, "Look Mama my water turned blue!"

What you need:
-Good ol' water color paper ( Heavy weight water color paper) Using regular paper will not give the same spreading effect
-1-3 colors of watercolor paint
-Good quality paint brushes
-Mason jar filled of water
-A rag to wipe excess water off paper and paint spills

How to prep:
1) Submerge paper and soak in water
2) Mix paint, put a glob of paint and mix in water, you can intensify the color based on your preference
3) Wipe excess water off paper

Now you are ready to paint! Here are some examples of our most recent PICASSO moments!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Goopy Goop!

After a loooooong blogging break... we are back! I have good reasons for being so very MIA but we will save that for another post!

For now school is out and the kiddies need fun time filled activities to keep busy. Here is the recipe for our home made goopy goop. Which by the way kept little guy occupied for hours! The best part being that you will have most of these ingredients already on hand in the house, no need to buy anything.

What you need:
3/4 cup cold water
1 cup Elmer's glue
Liquid food coloring
1/2 cup hot water
1 teaspoon Borax 

1) Mix together the cold water, glue and food coloring. Set aside in a bowl
2) In a separate bowl add water and borax, until the borax is completely dissolved
3) Slowly add the glue mixture, mix well, pour off excess water. 
Store in an upright container and have fun! 

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