Friday, April 23, 2010

Getting Creative with Kids: Watercolor Paint Cards + A Giveaway!

I'm so excited to share an awesome tutorial with you today courtesy of the lovely Cynthia from Make Paper Crafts.  Her website is chock full of great information, tips, and techniques on all things PAPER!  Here's a little blip from her site to give you an idea of what's so great about paper and what you can find at Make Paper Crafts:
Whether you are just discovering your passion for paper or have had a long love affair with manipulating paper there is something here for you! Learn how to make jewelry, decorations, or wall art. Already an avid paper enthusiast?  Come in share your expertise and inspire others. Discover and share new ideas for creating with paper.
So yes, you simply must visit.  It's that good.

Now onto the tutorial!  Do any of you remember Paint with Water books?  I haven't seen them for sale in ages (maybe I just don't shop at the right stores anymore), but they were HUGE when I was a kid.  And they were a super great craft gift for kids because they are SO EASY to do.  Grab a Dixie cup of water and a little brush and paint a rainbow [brite] of colors, NO PAINT NECESSARY!

When Cynthia told me that she had a DIY version of Paint with Water in mind for this tutorial I was geeked beyond belief.  This would be a great project to do with your kids, you could make a little book of your own drawings for a gift, heck . . . these look so cool and I'm feeling all nostalgic now I may just have to do a couple for myself.  :)

Watercolor Paint Cards

Do your kids love to paint?  My daughter does but sometimes the mess is shall we say, "messy
"?  Here is a fun DIY that little ones can enjoy and you can relax knowing there won't be too much mess! 

Tools and Supplies
·  Watercolor Paper (the more water your child likes to play in, the thicker the paper you want!)
·  Watercolor Pencils
·  Paint Brush
·  Water
·  Permanent Marker
·  Pencil
·  Tape (optional)
·  Container
·  Sketch Paper
·  Sunlight and Window if your tracing
·  Paper cutter or Scissors 

Step 1. Cut your paper down to size.  I started with a 9 x 12 sheet that I cut down to 4 pieces. Whatever is easiest for your little ones will work.

Step 2. Once you have your paper cut to a nice size sketch your drawings.  For the best results, I recommend using sketch paper to get a picture you like and then tracing onto watercolor paper.  Hold/tape your sketch paper onto a window with your watercolor paper over it for easy tracing!
Step 3.  Trace all of your drawings in permanent marker and lightly erase pencil marks.

Step 4. Get your drawings and watercolor pencils ready!

Step 5. Outline all of your drawings with the pencils.  The thicker and darker the lines, the more paint will be available to cover the picture.

*Tip for a younger child you may want to use one or two colors for the entire picture or they may get disappointed if they turn a rainbow of colors brown!

Step 6. Drawings, check.  Water, check. Paintbrush, check!

Step 7.  Grab your kiddos and present them with this awesomeness or sneak and do them yourself!

Step 8.  Let your masterpieces dry and bask in your glory!

~Happy Crafting!~ 

About the Author--Cynthia Devening is the owner of Make Paper Crafts, the site where paper and creativity go hand in hand.  She is also the creator of Bead Head Art and has a new line in the works! 
Um, ok.  Did anyone else think that was completely awesome?!

If you liked that you're going to love this.  Cynthia is providing the amazing prize for Skooks' Playground's first ever


Here is your chance to win a new 5x7 Print from Bead Head Art's upcoming line....

P.S. Thanks, Cynthia!  You're a paper-crafting rock star.

P.P.S  I'm hooking up with some awesome Linky Parties this week.  Find out which ones here.


Wonderland Papers April 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

A Rainbow Brite paint with water? Oh I'm going back to the 80's now and I love it!

Such a fun project!

Anonymous,  April 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

I LOVE the ideas that Cynthia has! The projects are easy to follow and friendly on the pocketbook! I am always looking for sites like hers and this one for things to do with my children and sentimental projects to do for family members. Thanks for all of your great ideas!!

Monna Davies April 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

You know, I noticed the same thing. I use to love doing these when I was a kid and you just don't see them anymore. This is a great idea. I have all teens now so they aren't interested, but someday I will have grandkids. (Hopefully not too soon. :)

arwenalasse April 24, 2010 at 3:56 PM  

I love it! My email's
Does it count that I'm already a follower and subsriber of Skooks' Playground? I think it should!

arwenalasse April 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

Darnit, I totally forgot to put my favorite color. It totally depends on the context, but overall I would have to say a deep elvin green. My email address again is

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming April 25, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

This is super cool! What a fabulous idea! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance. Hope you are enjoying your weekend! I really want to try this with my little guy! Thanks for the great tutorial!

tammy,  April 26, 2010 at 12:28 AM  

Wonderful ideas! Love it! My favorite color is also blue.

Jazmomof4 April 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

My favorite color is purple jeanettesjunk at gmail dot com

Kaysi April 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM  

What a great idea! Looks like lots of fun!

Jennifer April 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

These are so cute AND fun for kids! Just great!

Nilsens April 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

Thanks for the amazing creative idea!

Gay Vaughan April 26, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

Thank you for joining my hodgepodge party! I love it and thanks for sharing this great idea. I hope you will join again.

luluvillage April 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

Awesome! I love the watercolor pencils, and use it with kids often, but the cards- what a great idea!

Ujjwal April 27, 2010 at 12:16 AM  

Wow !! This is awesome and i love those pencil watercolors!!

My favorite color is red and here is my email id

Ujjwal April 27, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

And now I am a follower too!!

Email id -

Ujjwal April 27, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

I have Subscribed to Skooks' Playground

CraftyMummy April 27, 2010 at 5:39 AM  

Fantastic tutorial! I can't wait to have a go. I'll have a blog post about this on my blog in the morning - hope that's OK

Nanna April 27, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

I am a follower of Skooks' Playground.
I love the color green!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming April 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

Super love this idea! Fabulous! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming April 27, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

Hi Skooks! I'll be featuring the watercolors today! Love them! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Unknown April 27, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Love your excellent ideas! My favourite colour is dark candy apple red (scrumptious!). Taa...

Dawn Michelle April 27, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

Wonderful ideas! Found your blog on Tuesday Tagalong...I'm your newest follower! :) I hope you will come see me and follow me too. I'm #72 on Mr. Linky or


aware April 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM  

I love these watercolor paintings! Thank you for the giveaway :)
My favorite color is blue...all shades of blue.

Unknown April 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

Great post, I am going to try that right away!! My favorite color at the moment is a perriwinkle blue.

Unknown April 27, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

I subscribed to Make Paper crafts.

Twee Poppets April 27, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

Hello! Thanks for tagging along this week at the Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop! I'm a follower of your blog! :)

While I'm here, I'd love to enter! My favorite color is aqua (greenish-blue).

Michelle Custodio April 28, 2010 at 6:10 AM  

This can be a super fun cardmaking project for kids.

Maike V. April 28, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

Ever since I got to know about your stuff through Indie Biz 2.0 I've been dropping by every now and then (I love your tagline A LOT, btw. ♥).

My favorite color is YELLOW :D
And blue and orange and pink. And so many, actually. But (warm) yellow just makes me happy, so there you go.

A lovely giveaway, so I'm crossing my fingers to find a message about it at soon :3

Stacey April 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

This is such a good idea. I have been looking for these books and can't find them anywhere either!! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

Anonymous,  April 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

Michael's craft stores have the paint with water books. Saw them there this last weekend. Oma

Kim @ Everything Etsy April 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

That's a fabulous tutorial! I wish I could play with it right now!

I'm so happy you could join us for the party...could you just add a link in your post back to the party. Thanks so much!


Kristi Flanagan April 30, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

You've been featured! Come grab your button and wear it with pride!

Punkin Seed Productions

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas April 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

Hi..I’m Barb ….I am from Tues. tag-along I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

Allison @ House of Hepworths May 1, 2010 at 3:33 AM  

Great tutorial! My DD would totally flip over those DIY watercolor sheets!

Thanks for Hookin' Up with me at my first party!

Oh, and if you can't tell from my blog, I love orange!

Unknown May 4, 2010 at 4:51 AM  

fabulous idea!

thanks for linking up!

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