Today’s Simple Provocation is pretty simple 🙂 I saw recently an art teacher who had offered her students oil pastels, watercolours and fine-tip permanent markers; the effect was really nice. The oil pastels added some lovely texture and the watercolour wash seemed to really tie the piece together.
I thought we’d give it a go. (Here’s a picture on Instagram of the kids working)
- watercolour paints – palette style or liquid watercolours
- watercolour paper – Creativ brand from Kmart works well and is very affordable; I’m talking $4 for 25 pages. Can’t beat that 🙂
- oil pastels – we have chunky style and stick versions (the stick versions break more easily but also allow the child to draw in more detail. The chunky style are better for smaller hands and are also good for colouring.)
- fine-tip permanent markers – 0.4mm Artline markers are great for older children but the nibs can be pressed in easily by smaller kids. Sharpies are great for younger kids but don’t allow the child to draw in as much detail (Jack prefers the Artline markers for this reason)
- clipboard for under the paper
- spare watercolour paper in a tray
- tray for oil pastels
- water containers – clear or white ones look nice. I try to avoid brightly coloured ones
- a range of brushes – again we just use Creativ brand from Kmart
- watercolours – run your palette under the tap before you start to make the paints easier to use
Encourage your child to draw first, then add some oil pastels and finally a watercolour wash over the top to fill in any white paper. Of course though, the process is entirely up to them; just let them create and explore.
If you have a go, take a picture and upload it to Instagram (or my Facebook wall). Make sure to tag me; I’d love to see it. I’m @kate_aneverydaystory .