Hidden surprises on paper. When I first showed Patronus A this, I had already drawn something on the paper but didn't tell her. I just said that she would see some magic happen and a picture appear. After she painted the paper with water (this gets it nice and wet and ready for the watercolour paint to absorb straight into it) she got working with some paint. As she began to paint she gasped in surprise when she saw a picture emerging. That little gasp made me smile. Little feet always make me reconsider the world with new eyes. Things as adults we take for granted are SO exciting to Little Eyes. The world is new and exciting with so many things to explore and discover.
After she saw how it worked we did a few more with me drawing pictures underneath and her painting them. Then she had a go with the crayon and painting underneath it and lets be honest, it was by far the most fun watching her doing her own experimenting! Her drawing and paintings were far more interesting.
This particular craft is good if you want to make an arty birthday card for someone. Simply write out your message on some watercolour paper and get your toddler to paint it. Once dry, simply cut out ad stick on a plain card and you have a unique, arty card to give someone. This is equally good for older feet who can write and do the whole card by themselves.
The process in pictures
With the majority of the arts and crafts I plan, I will give them a go first to see whether they will work and what level it should be aimed at. Generally I do that by getting Patronus A to do it, if she struggles initially with what I have planned, I often simplify it or even just make it for an older age. That means I get to have some of the fun too!
What you will need:
- Watercolour paint
- Paintbrushes, one large and another normal size
- Plate or mixing palate
- White wax crayon
- Pot of water
- Decide what you would like to draw and with pencil lightly draw it onto your watercolour paper.
- With your white wax crayon go over your pencil lines hard. You might need to go over it twice to make sure the pencil marks are fully covered with crayon.
- Choose some watercolour paints and either use straight from watercolour palette or put some colours on a mixing palette and add water. This means you need to dip your paint brush in your pot of water so it is wet and then get some paint on it and put it on the mixing palette. Add as much colour as you want.
- If your water is already a muddy colour, go get some clean water. Dip a big paintbrush in the water and paint your entire watercolour paper with water to get the paper nice and wet.
- Now you can put your paintbrush into the paint and get painting. Your toddler will soon gasp in surprise when he/she sees that there was a hidden pattern on the paper! The paint will run straight over the wax crayon, leaving behind whatever picture you have done.