This paint moves! Watercolour painting with kids

Here’s a favourite idea from our kids painting archive, introducing children to watercolour painting and trying out a while new – and rather exciting! – way of using it.

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Watercolour painting with kids

Watercolour painting can produce beautiful effects, and the technique we’re trying today uses a wet on wet technique for really exciting movement of the paint.

watercolour painting wet on wet

The basic wet on wet technique is just what it sounds – using wet waterpaints on a paper which is also wet.

We used a wide paint brush to sweep plenty of water over our paper and then added watercolour paint with a smaller brush. The children dabbed, made wide strokes and swirled the watercolour paints and watched the magic happen.

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‘Look, mummy – the paint moves!’

As the wet watercolour paint hits the already wet surface it spreads and swirls and creates interactive pictures the children can add to but can’t completely control. Paint magic!

watercolour painting techniques for children

Have you tried this watercolour painting technique with your children?

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    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Mia – they are just a supermarket own brand set (from Sainsbury’s) but you’re right they do have a really good range of colours.

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Kat, no we didn’t – just some computer printer-type paper that we always have available for the kids to use for their projects.

  1. says

    So fun! We’re huge fans, though, of professional-quality artist’s watercolor paper. Printer paper works, of course, but watercolor paper is really a wholly different experience.

  2. says

    This is a MUST DO for me. How fun to see the colors seeping and swirling like that. My girls would love it.

    Thanks for sharing your fun with us on the Sunday Showcase. We hope to see you link up what you’ve been up to this week.


  3. The Missing Alphabet says

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