Monday, February 24, 2014

Easy Watercolor Activities

Paint on Watercolor Tape: Make Watercolor Stickers, Ribbon and Art.

Save as ribbon for wrapping or paint miniature scenes and images to crop and use.  Click below to learn how and to see many more examples.
Happy Day! I'm popping in over the kids Winter Break to share a versatile watercolor project. It's for all ages and all abilities -- big and small. We painted over the weekend and have all kinds of fun results we wanted to share today. I hope that you, too, will enjoy turning traditional watercolor tape into something new!
Rather than using this tape for holding watercolor paper into place,  take advantage of the qualities of this "painting" tape to make something new. I also love the craft paper quality of this surface.

Since the surface of watercolor tape is designed to withstand liquid and its back is coated with an adhesive that can be activated later, if one is careful to keep the backside dry, you can actually use this as a painting surface and later, use it in many ways. We've decorated packages and made cards but there are so many ways it can be used.  I'd love to see what you do, too!

This simple water color project is one that allows for almost any watercolor technique --- from simple washes, patterns or more detailed small paintings and experimental painting, etc ---  switching water color tape for traditional paper is a fun alternative and appealed to the kids this weekend. C

Middle Row: 1. Paint monotone images. 2. Swirly watercolor washes.  4. Images to be framed.  4. Create stickers, cards, artwork to frame or ribbon strips for wrapping. Bottom Right: For young kids, draw round circles and have them fill these circles with paint. It's an excellent developmental skill and makes great, usable patterns.

This is how to get started: 
Watercolor tape (this is purchased in art supply stores), water colors (I like to use tubes but traditional tubs work just fine, too), water color brushes and water. Washi or freezer tape.
How to:
Cut long strips of the watercolor tape and secure these to the table with washi tape. Secure the tape every foot to keep it from buckling once working with it. Once the tape is in place, it's time to paint. Use any watercolor technique: washes, patterns. The surface can withstand water but take care to not get the back adhesive wet so that it can't be used as an adhesive later. Once the tape has been painted and dried. Remove from the work surface and roll. If you've made smaller images, cut them already into appropriate sizes. Apply long strips of tape as ribbons on packages, small pieces for embellishment or images for the same or on archival paper and then, frame.

I've love to see what you do with this!
Looking for more watercolor inspiration? Here are several great watercolor art projects for kids  ---check out these blogs!
Meri Cherry Spring Watercolor Flower Art
BlogMeMom does Texture on Watercolors
Learn Play Imagine does Erupting Watercolor Absorption Art
Artchoo does Drippy, Splashy Watercolor Process Art
Fun At Home with Kids does Exploring Absorption with Watercolors on a Texture Board
Housing a Forest does Pour Painting with Watercolors
Babbledabbledo Watercolor and Oil

Something you might like:
Paint Water Color Pencils (not pictured below)

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  1. such a sweet and simple idea! hope to try it soon :)

    1. Thanks, Julia. I hope you have the chance!

  2. How fun! I love this idea! They turned out gorgeous.

    1. Allison, thank you! I love watercolor because it can lead you in so many different directions! I hope you'll have the chance to try, too!

  3. So beautiful Gina. Love all the pics!!

    1. Thank you, Meri! I have a thing of odd materials and small, tight, miniatures --- it was a really fun experiment. I loved all of the kids' choices. I'd love to see what you do with it, too!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Lina!

  5. So lovely! I've never heard of watercolor tape before. Thanks for sharing...I look forward to trying this.

    1. Larissa, thanks so much for commenting. Watercolor tape is a tape that can be found at Art Supply Stores. It's tape with an adhesive on the backside that you wet and apply to the edges of wet, water color paper in order to hold it in place on a board or surface while painting. If you ask at an art supply store, they should have it. It's inexpensive, craft paper colored and I've loved it for years! Good luck!

  6. I didn't really know about watercolor tape either- what great ideas!

    1. Thanks for your comment! I buy my watercolor tape in Sweden at an art supply store (and it lasts a very, long, long time) but, I've just done a quick check at an art supply store in the US and this tape looks right. You want craft paper tape, from an art source, that could be used to stretch watercolor paper with a backing that needs to be moistened. You're so creative, I'm thrilled to introduce something new! I'd love to see what you do!


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