Here is a beautiful watercolor project guaranteed to bring smiles of satisfaction to children and parents alike. Techniques taught culminate in a beautiful image.
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 color of a finished piece.
What you need
- Watercolour paint – tubes are best; choose 3-5 colours that they like.
- An old toothbrush
- Masking fluid
- Mapping pen
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.