Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wet-On-Wet Watercoloring

We've been enjoying watercoloring so much for the past few months!  Here's our favorite technique:
-use actual watercolor paper--it makes a difference.  It's a bit pricy and tricky to find.  You can get it at Hobby Lobby. 

-I cut one of the 9X12.5 inch pieces in half to make two pieces
-soak the paper in water for about 15 minutes
-remove from water, place on art tray
-use a small sponge to wipe away any excess water
-after dipping the brush in the water to wash between colors, do a quick wipe on the sponge to catch any excess color.  This prevents color mixing in the individual paint compartments.
-also--if painting with a young child, just take out one or two of the little paint squares and put them in a dish.  Too many colors is too much--start off simple by just removing one or two colors and using that at a time.  Also this prevents the child mixing colors and just ending up with a brown paper!

Right now we're using crayola watercolors, but I want to try liquid watercolors soon!  We have our eyes set on the stockmar watercolors....Maybe for Q's bday.  :) 
Anyhow, this technique yields beautiful blends of colors.  Daddy of course had to go and show us all up and paint the awesome-est painting ever.  It's hanging in Beck's room and I need to get a picture of it soon!
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