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My daughter Little C loves bright colors, and nothing beats the vibrancy of liquid watercolors. When you combine liquid watercolors, and eye droppers, (another favorite in the Create Laugh Learn household) you have a winning combination. I had no idea how beautiful this process art would turn out, I assumed it would turn into one huge watery brown puddle. I severely underestimated my child’s creativity, shame on me!
The set up was simple, I just put some liquid food coloring into a deep ice pop mold, and added a little water to each one, so there was enough liquid for my daughter to repeatedly suck up into the eye droppers. I used a different eye dropper for each color, so the colors wouldn’t become a murky mess. You don’t have to do this if you only have one, or two eye droppers. I just hate it when the yellow paint becomes some gross olive green color. I also advise putting the paint containers on top of a cookie sheet, or something similar to catch all the paint drops that spill.
Once you have your paint ready, just grab another cookie sheet to place your watercolor paper on. This tends to get a little messy, and you want to make sure any puddles of water have somewhere to go, instead of just spilling all over your work surface. Once I got everything set up, I just explained to Little C that she should try to slowly drop dots of color everywhere, and she actually followed my instructions as best as you could expect from a two year old. She loved watching the colors, “drop, drop, drooooop!” onto the paper.
Occasionally I would soak up some of the bigger puddles with a paper towel so she could keep adding more. Once she gets started with art, she wants to keep on doing it for hours, and can go through a lot of paper in one sitting, so instead of using all our stash of watercolor paper, I absorbed the larger puddles, so she could keep putting more on the paper. Also, if you want to keep the art work, it would be better to absorb the larger puddles, so you don’t have a huge mess when lay out the papers to dry. Except for the occasional absorbing of puddles, I just sat back to enjoy the beautiful art Little C was creating. I think I enjoyed the process just as much as she did. She kept saying, “That was pretty!”, and “That was awesome!” Like I said before, this was more about the process, and having fun, but I was very surprised to have beautiful artwork in the end. I immediately texted pictures to Little C’s grandparents.
Look how beautiful the end results turned out.
Do your kids love process art? My daughter never gets tired of process art, she loves the creative freedom of being able to fully explore her art materials. Do you have any amazing process art activities that your kids love? I would love to hear your ideas!