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Today a little bit late post about watercolor technique for children which I intended to post yesterday – my usual day for children and family topics.

Watercolor technique for little childrenIf you are lucky to have art loving child at home you probably wonder how to provide him with the most suitable art materials and how to display his paintings. Today I’d like to share some tips about watercolor technique for children.

Paper:

I would say this is the most important factor. Children love to use a lot of water, so very thin paper (which we usually give for economic reasons) immediately gets wet and tears. If you want to give your child opportunity to create really beautiful painting buy a thick, proffesional watercolor paper in art store. Weight of paper should be at least 190g/m2 (90 lbs) – this one is quite cheap and still buckles but is far better than standard drawing paper. I would rather recommend buying 300g/m2 (140 lbs) – this one is quite stout, I use it for my paintings too. I think that quality of paper is not so important as the weight, so I just buy the cheapest 300g/m2.

Streching paper:

In order to avoid paper buckling you can strech it in a way shown for example here (in short: wet paper evenly, place on a table, fix with masking tape and let dry). As my son usually paints on more than one piece of paper (see “Timing” below) I find this procedure too complicated. I usually just fix a few pieces of dry watercolor paper with masking tape, let my son paint on them and wait until they are totally dry before I pull off the tape. It’s not as good as technique shown in video above but still helps a little.

Colors:

Black color usually dominates all the other colors and everything goes muddy grey. For this reason I usually ask my son not to use black at all. The other idea is to take the black out of the paints set as Kate from An Every Day Story suggested here. Below you can see how I didn’t manage to do this – although the painting is still interesting (for me ;) ) it has much less details than the one above.

Watercolor technique for little children

Timing:

Sometimes I think it’s good idea to stop the child workig on particular painting (of course gently) when you see it’s good and draw his interest to the next one. Otherwise children often “overpaint” – mixing paints, adding more paint and more water and at the end painting looks more like a youghurt than a piece of art. So if you want to have a beautiful piece of art just watch and give him another sheet of paper in the right moment.

Images via my son.

Here are some lovely stamp sets to nurture your child’s creativity.

I guess stamps are one of these things which everyone loves – both children in all ages and adults. I would love these sets pictured below not less than my 3 years old son. The only problem is which one to choose… I think the Beach set with lighthouse is most adorable.

Tinsmiths stamp sets - Ocean
Tinsmiths stamp sets - Beach

Tinsmiths stamp sets - Circus

Tinsmiths stamp sets - City

Available at Tinsmiths.

Mila has very creative and tallented mom – Adele Enersen. When Mila was born her mom created little scenes from what she had at home, put sleeping Mila into the scene and snapped a photo. This way she created a lovely book “When my baby dreams”, the second one “When my baby dreams of fairy tales” and inspired parents all over the world to do the same. I wish my sons were such good sleepers as Mila, Adele was very lucky mom!

If you would like to buy Adele’s book or see more beautiful photos visit Adele’s page. You can also buy her books on Amazon.

Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
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If I had a daugther I couldn’t resist these stitch kits by Nancy Nicholson…

Stitch kits by Nancy NicholsonEach kit comes with a linen union printed panel indicating where to sew the decorative stitches. There is also a guide on another printed linen union panel which takes you through the stitches required to complete the panel & enough stranded embroidery thread to complete the project.

Stitch kits by Nancy Nicholson

Stitch kits by Nancy NicholsonYou can find them in a lovely shop Tinsmiths or on artist’s home site.

I believe children should live in home filled with art (as well as adults, of course). And I don’t mean only cheerful, colorful and simple animals and flowers but the real art – prints, which I’d love to hang over my bed or in living room.

Here are some prints I really love, both for adults and children:

Sandra Dieckmann - Tomorrow Bear

Sandra Dieckmann – Tomorrow Bear

Eszter Schall - Planets

Eszter Schall – Planets

Sabrina Tibourtine - This storm would pass me by

Sabrina Tibourtine – This storm would pass me by

The first one my older son got for his 3. birthday and he loves it! I just couldn’t decide which one I like the most, so I asked him to choose one and the bears option won!

 

Update 17.04.2013:

I thought I’ll show you how the “Tomorrow Bear” print look over L. bed:

Sandra Dieckmann  - Tomorrow Bear