How To Paint With Watercolors For Kids: Very Simple Starting Guide to Painting

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Painting with watercolor is a fun activity that doesn’t cost much and which allows kids to explore their creativity. It comes with the advantage of getting to express your ideas no matter the level of experience. For beginners, it’s a simple mode of fun because one is not looking to create a masterpiece on their first try.

Only in few situations will you need an instructor. However, with the help of this article, you will be able to have a sense of creative self-expression once you have completed learning the art of painting with watercolors.

It is essential to know the supplies required to get the job done well. Here are a few things to get you started:

Basic Painting Kit: Getting Started

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  • Brush: The synthetic type is best preferred, and you can also add a 1” flat one for large washes and detail work. Get as many brushes as you can, but even one is enough for a start.
  • Paper: A loose paper, pad or watercolor pad can be used. The lighter the paper, the more likely you won’t have to deal with the warpage of the damp paper. Trying different textures will help greatly in finding your favorite surface.
  • Paint: since there are different sets of colors, go with the basic set of watercolor paints; they come in a 16 color set. In case you prefer tubes, the pre-packaged set of tube sets can give you a good selection of colors.
  • Water: Using a jar, a small bucket or glass is fine. It is best to have two containers; one for clean water for painting and the other for rinsing the brush between colors. Tap water can be used as well.
  • Palette plates: They enable you to mix the set of different colors when painting. For tube watercolors, a flat plate or a more welled plastic palette is best preferred. Covered plastic ones are also convenient if you are looking to have the least amount of waste.
  • Extras: Things like pencils, some tissues, an eraser or paper towels can also be added to complete your painting.

There are various types of technique to be used in watercolor painting including the wet-on -dry (wet brush on dry paper), or wet-on-wet (wet brush on wet paper).For beginners, the wet on dry is a way to start as it is not complicated.

Once all these supplies are in your kit, you are ready to start your adventures in watercolor painting. The following is a guide in the steps of a successful beginning in watercolor painting for kids.

How To Start Your First Pictures

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  1. Start by laying a sheet of watercolor paper out on any surface, a table or ground works well. Draw a simple design of your choosing with light pencil marks. Draw a square or a circle for good simplicity.

  2. Put a small dab of any color on the palette plate.

  3. Wet your brush lightly with water. In case you excessively wet it, dry it with the towel to soak out the excess and shake the rest.

  4. Using a paint brush, Put a couple of drops of water on the dab of watercolor that you put on the palette plate. Use only enough to make the watercolor liquid.

  5. Take the brush and dip it into the watercolor liquid on the palette plate then scoop a small amount of color onto the brush. Make sure you lift only a small amount but enough to be seen on the paint brush.

  6. Paint this color inside the shape drawn on your the event that the paint is too thick such that it stays in one place, take the brush and dip it into the water again. Add some little amounts of water to the paint on the paper using another brush.

  7. Let the picture dry by itself for about 2 to 5 minutes.

  8. Then take a piece of watercolor paper and tape down the edges on a drawing board.Do this firmly, then using a brush, get it wet all over. Try painting into it with different colors; observe how the different paints react with how much water as it dries.

  9. Try to get a smooth background light color by switching to the wet-to-wet technique. This requires you to mix them to form a smooth mixture color.

  10. Let it dry but ensure the paper is still damp. Follow this by painting on the paper with some other designs.

  11. You can sprinkle some salt to give it a little detail and beauty. Shake it; this is to enable it to spread before it dries.

  12. You can try drawing on the paper using a wax crayon, white colored pencil or candle end. This helps to show the lines when you watercolor them.


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Always remember that in watercolor painting, the dark areas first then move on to the light areas.

This activity creates one fun experience especially when you are not afraid to get your hands dirty.

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