Lately I’ve been thinking about ways to encourage Jack (6yrs) and Sarah (4yrs) to explore watercolours a little differently.
Watercolours – both palette style and liquid watercolours – are definitely the kids’ go-to art activity. I really like watercolours too because they are vibrant, can be blended nicely, take almost no time to set up and are fairly low-mess.
If you’re not in Australia or New Zealand, I’ve heard good things about these Koi watercolours but haven’t used them myself.
For paper, I simply buy Creativ brand watercolour paper from K-mart. It’s really cheap – I think about $3 for 100 sheets – and works really well. Definitely try to find watercolour paper if you can. The paint looks and works completely differently on watercolour paper; the paper is thicker and holds the paint better than regular copy paper.
For this provocation I just added some coloured salt and craft glue – along with fine tipped permanent markers. The clipboards form a nice background for the paper as well as help to hold it in place.
The small two-part containers were from a cheap shop and were a good size for holding the coloured salt on one side and the craft glue on the other.
I put out one brush for the water and another for the glue.
Jack and Sarah were free to paint whatever they wanted and use the materials in which ever way they felt inspired. I could see them considering the materials differently now with the addition of the coloured salt.
They are familiar with the fine-tipped markers – so chose to draw first, but the salt really did influence their paint colour choices.
It was really interesting for me to watch and I think very enjoyable for Jack and Sarah too, to explore colour and texture in this new way.
Following on from trying to use watercolour paints in a different way, we’ve been trying a few other materials and different combinations of art materials – I’ve got another one to show you next time.
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