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Teaching Watercolours to Children

Experience the true magic of watercolour by letting children experiment with ways of introducing texture to a painting.

What it will teach

This project will help master the crucial skill of watching paint dry… and thereby teach when to apply more paint and how much water to use! The project also offers the opportunity to consider ways of applying the paint, and the effect that layering paint has on the texture and colour of a finished piece.

What you need

I am always upset to see youthful enthusiasm thwarted by a lack of success due to the use of poor-quality art materials. Always give children the best you have available. In my experience, children do appreciate the difference – and they are quite capable of using them sensibly.

Watercolour paint – tubes are best; choose 3-5 colours that they like.
An old toothbrush
Masking fluid
Mapping pen
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What to do

1.) Using a mapping pen, apply fine lines of masking fluid radiating out from a central point to ‘draw’ the dandelion clock. Add dots and tiny crosses around the edge. Spatter patches of masking fluid onto the paper with the toothbrush. Let it dry.

2.) Dampen the paper with a brush. Mix up some watery washes and drop them onto the paper. Pick up the paper and move it around so that the colours blend. Let it dry – it should dry to a matt finish.

3.) Repeat the previous step with thicker paint. Watch carefully as it turns from glossy (wet) to mid-sheen (half-dry). Quickly place a drop of clean water on the centre of each dandelion clock. Flick drops of water over the paper with the toothbrush for different-sized shapes. Sprinkle salt in other areas. Let it dry. Watch what happens!

4.) Dampen the centres and drop in colour. Paint the stems with water, drop in colour at the top and hold the paper up so that the colour flows down the stem.

5.) Remove the masking fluid and marvel at the results.




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