Thursday, August 6, 2009

Spring Tree

This is a pretty simple painting project I did with my nephew and niece today (ages five and three). It's super easy and the results were great, even for such little kids.

We taped the watercolor paper down to a piece of cardboard, then painted the whole paper with light blue. While the paint is still wet, use a paper towel to wipe off a bit to make clouds. Set it aside to dry (only about a minute on a hot summer day).

Next, apply the paint where you want the trunk to be. Make sure you have lots of water. Now you use a straw and blow upward to make the branches off your trunk. Add more paint as needed to keep the branches spreading out and full. You'll end up with natural looking, spindly branches and twigs. Dot some green around the branches for leaves. Lovely blossoms can be added for an even more spring-timey feel.

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