I love looking at all the inspirational printables on the web.
I sometimes think I could cover my walls with them and be perfectly happy.
My kiddos also love seeing their own artwork hung up in our home.
I decided to marry the two ideas and have my kids create their own printables.
I also have a "toddler tip" at the end of the post,
so make sure you check it out!
Here's how I did it:
(forgive the photos... it was almost dark outside, so the lighting was less than desirable)
You will need
Card Stock (or a linen-type paper)
Watercolor Paints (we use Prang)
Computer and Printer
I told the kids to do more of an "abstract" painting.
I didn't want any real design or picture since I knew I would be printing words on top of the paint.
I reminded the kids how to use the paints and keep their brush clean so the artwork wasn't
one big blob of yucky, brown-ish paint.
They sat at the table and had a great time making their paintings.
I let the paint dry overnight and then printed the words on them.
They are a little rippled from the water,
but once you frame them you can't see the ripples as much.
I am guessing that if you used proper watercolor paper it wouldn't ripple as badly,
but I didn't want to spend any money on the project, so we went with card stock.
I plan on framing their printables and using them in a wall collage,
but for right now, they hang above their coloring table.
I even made my own picture with oil pastels as they painted.
This is such an easy art project that introduces abstract paintings and watercolors to kids.
While the older kids painted with watercolors,
I had Guinnyth create a "wet chalk" painting.
She had a paintbrush and small bowl of water.
She made wet marks on her paper with her brush and then colored over them with chalk.
She had a blast and I didn't have to worry about her making a huge mess.