Thursday, February 4, 2010

Getting Creative with Kids: Watercolor Cutouts

Earlier today, Little Miss and I busted the paints out. Actually, we pulled out one of the crafts from our Busy Bee Bag and it just so happened to be a watercolor exercise.  Next to coloring, painting is the Little Miss' favorite activity.  She does it with her Boo-la (Abuela) all the time.

She really didn't want my help on just about any of this, so "let's do something fun together" really just meant, "Mom, get out some fun stuff for me to do and watch me go!" That was ok with me. Especially after I re-read this post over at IndieTutes the other day, I wasn't looking to make her do crafts so rigidly "by the book" (which I know I'd be pushing to do, even subconsciously, if I got too involved.).

So I set her up with the watercolors, a little Cat in the Hat cup of water, and some paper and let her go wild. After it was all dry (and we had eaten dinner), we pasted some construction paper to her masterpiece to simulate a sunset:

She LOVES to glue just about as much as she loves to paint so the construction paper part went over HUGE.

Then, while she was going freestyle on another piece of paper:
I got to work doing some cutouts of a previous watercolor she had done that had been hanging on the wall in our playroom.  I had seen some very cute ideas on different ways you can display your child's artwork at Make and Takes and proceeded to do all the tracing and cutting.  Little Miss was a tad distressed that I was doing all the cutting, so she was officially put in charge of gluing the animals and words down onto clean sheets of paper.

And voila!  Some new wall art for her bedroom was born:
Like this idea? You can find the printable PDF files here via Sarah Jane Studios.  And if you've never heard of her, you should really check out her Etsy shop.  If I had $200 to blow on artwork for LM, I'd be spending it there to get her gorgeous 12 months of the year collection.  If only money grew on trees, right?  Sarah, if you are reading this, I'm not too proud to take a freebie.  Or 12.  ;)


Kathy February 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM  

Love it, what a great idea!

i am not February 5, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

cute idea for displaying them (which I'm going to do in my home): buy some artist stretched canvas at the craft store - probably 11x14. Paint the canvas with regular wall paint to coordinate with your decor, tack artwork onto the painted canvas with pushpins. I found this idea in Good Housekeeping, but can't find it online. Its super cute and cheap - I bought 4 canvases for $11 (they were 40% off at Michaels) and bought some good drawing paper for the girls to work on. Total: $16. Still trying to figure out what color to paint the canvas, though.

These watercolors would look awesome displayed like that!

Skooks February 5, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

I like that idea! Maybe someday when we have our own house I'll do something like that. Maybe sooner, actually. Who knows? For right now it was nice to use what I could find around the house!

aladdinsane12 February 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

love those! very cute! that's the kind of ar that you'd be proud to put up on the fridge :)

happy SITS saturday sharefest!

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