We love doing panting activities. We enjoy mixing the oil pastels and watercolors. I love that doing this type of process art each of us can do something different.
This is an easy painting activity to do at any time of the year. But with our heart-themed works great for Valentines.
We had a blast with this and I can see us doing it again at some time!
One of our favorite Valentines books is Snowy Valentine. It is fun to see how the end of the book. We read this book before we did our profress painting.
We had fun exploring water and watercolor bleeding in the hearts. It was fun to see how the color spread and watch how our pictures turned out.
What you need for this painting activity:
How we did this painting activity
First, we started out by drawing our hearts on the page. We made big and small heats as we went. it was loads of fun to make them. If you have a younger child consider having them trace around a heart cookie cutter.
The next this is an easy one. You take a brush with just water and cover the inside of the heart with water. If you can do it you want the water to bead up a bit on the paper. This one reason we use the watercolor paper. We kept a brush that we only used for water. So that the water stayed clear and the brush clean.
The oil pastels helped keep the water in the space.
After you have the heart covered in water you then get the brush covered thick paint. Then you lightly touch the brush to the water and watch the color spread.
We did it in the center of the hearts as you can see below. If you want the color spread more from that area add more painting to the dot. Or you can add a new dot somewhere else.
We also did along the edges of the hearts. Both hade different results and were loads of fun to see.
I was fun to watch out the watercolor spread through each of the hearts. Plus you can mix up the colors you use as well. You can have two colors in a heart.
If your paper starts to curl at all. I recommend getting something to hold it down. We used dot markers because they were close by.
Let the pictures dry completely before picking them up. It will take a while for the water to dry.
Here is a look at our final pictures
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