I love how wintery and icy these watercolor winter art paintings turned out! We used simple and fun watercolor techniques that kids of all ages can do and get amazing results. I love using watercolors with kids, they are easy to set up and always turn out great. There is so much room for kids to explore and experiment, each painting will be unique!
One thing that makes a big difference in using watercolors with kids is the type of supplies that you use. I find that using real watercolor paper and artist quality paint makes a big difference. The colors turn out more vibrant and the watercolors really soak into the paper creating unexpected and unique patterns. A little goes a long way with watercolor paints and you really don’t need to spend a lot of money to get these beautiful results.
Make your own snowflake watercolor winter art
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- Watercolor paint
- Watercolor paper
- Paint trays
- Watercolor brushes
- Coarse salt
- Black ink pad
- Snowflake stamp
1. Gather all of your supplies and tape your paper down to a wooden board. Doing this will help to keep the paper from buckling and also gives the painting a nice crisp edge.
2. Mix 3 or 4 colors of wintry blues and purples. I find that using 3 or 4 colors works best and produces the best results, allowing the watercolors to mix together and create new colors and patterns without becoming too muddy. I like to keep a piece of scrap paper handy to test out my colors on.
3. Taking a larger brush, paint your entire paper with water. You want the paper to be wet not soaking, you can always dab the excess water away with a paper towel.
4. Painting with one color at a time, have kids dab and paint their colors onto the paper. Remind them not to mix the colors too much on the paper, let the wet paper spread the colors and do the mixing for them. This is fun and kids love watching their colors mix together and create patterns on their paper!
5. Once they are done painting, it’s time to sprinkle their paintings with salt. This will add to the icy look of the paintings and create even more beautiful and unique patterns. Have the kids try sprinkling the salt in a few spots, leaving some areas without any salt.
6. Let the paintings completely dry. This may take a while depending on how wet the paper is. The salt will continue to create more patterns as it dries.
7. Once the paintings are dry, brush the salt off and it’s time to stamp on your snowflakes! Have kids stamp their snowflakes on their paintings, being extra careful not to smudge the ink. Let the ink completely dry before removing the tape around the edge of the paper. Our ink took a long time to dry, we let it dry overnight.
I love how our winter watercolor art turned out they look so beautiful displayed on our wall! My kids love painting with watercolors and exploring different techniques. If you are looking for more watercolor projects to try with kids take a look at these beautiful northern lights paintings and these unique watercolor bookmarks that also make a great handmade gift.
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