Thursday, January 24, 2013
wet-on-wet watercolour painting for early childhood
Before Indi wakes up I cut the watercolour paper into rectangles (with Waldorf style rounded corners) and soak it in water for about 15 minutes prior to painting. I generally only lay out 1-2 colours which compliment each other so that the children can experiment with colour combining without ending up with brown muddled paintings in the end.
I sponge the paper off once I remove it from the water and then say the following verse
Now I take the brush so gently,
In my hand with loving care,
Watch the colour flow so softly,
On the paper clean and clear
Then the children are free to do as they please for as long as they desire. Indigo needs a bit more guidance and supervision but North is happy to create without any interference. We usually don't do more than two sheets each. Often I join the children in painting too. Watercolour paintings make lovely gift cards, notecards and/or background paper for calendars and to do lists amongst other beautiful papery things.
Sarah Baldwin's watercolour painting tutorials (part I and part II) are very informative. I haven't done the rainbow story yet (part II) but I'd like to soon- I think North would especially enjoy it.
Some days we do regular painting with the classic non-toxic, thick bright coloured paints, but watercolour days are my personal favourites. The mood left behind after these moments is one of peace and contentment.