I Love, Love, Love COLOR!
It’s officially Spring so let’s celebrate COLOR!
Here’s a photo of a recent conference where we painted Texas-sized coffee filters with Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™ and sprinkled them with salt to create Salt Crystal Coffee Filters. What’s not to LOVE about this easy and playful art idea?
Young children can safely explore color using Colorations®Liquid Watercolor™. This 4-year-old girl is exploring magenta. She’s lucky enough to be in Francine Farkas’s class, where they do open ended art every day! Here are two more of Francine’s students, dripping Liquid Watercolor™ onto White Canvas Backpacks (BACKPACK) using special eyedroppers called Super Safe Plastic Droppers (12SSD). Notice how engaged they are in the painting process. Their sheer concentration speaks to the value of child-centered, self-directed art. Experienced teachers know how important it is to provide paint and other unstructured, fluid art materials daily. Wet or fluid art materials like these provide exciting physical contacts that motivate exploration and provide children with an almost magical sense of discovery.
Here are some Liquid Watercolor™ paintings on Real Watercolor Paper (PMONET) with salt sprinkled on while the paint is still wet. The same paint is also applied to a long piece of paper towel. Can you see the textures created by the salt? Always apply salt to WET Liquid Watercolor™ and as it dries, the crystal patterns (little dots and textures) will appear.
By the way, sometimes I put Nancy™ Paint Bottle Classic Tips (NANCLS) on top of my bottles. They fit perfectly and make it easier to control the pour.
This last Coffee Filter Art came from a workshop participant at the recent CAEYC conference. Can you believe this beautiful Mountain Sunset and Abstract Portrait were both made with Texas-sized coffee filters painted with Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™ then cut up into these wonderful collages? My jaw dropped when I saw these photographs! They are so sophisticated, I am still completely in awe of the creativity it took to make them. Imagine these materials are exactly the same ones used in other coffee filter applications shown in this post. They were made by Bonnie Reid, an early childhood educator who simply asked me to tell you “I love liquid watercolor!” Thank you, Bonnie, you’re awesome. I am so inspired by you!
I recently read a quote by Jonathan Adler who said “I love, love, love color – it’s the ultimate anti-depressant.” I think I have to agree.
Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™ (LW18)
Colorations® Ultimate Liquid Watercolor™ Paint Kit (LWKIT3)
Super Safe Plastic Droppers (12SSD)
White Canvas Backpacks (BACKPACK)
Smart Art Ideas Activity Book (SMARTART)
Nancy™ Bottle Classic Tips (NANCLS)
Real Watercolor Paper (PMONET)