I have deliberately held off introducing Immy to painting with watercolours until now as I wanted to wait until she was a little older (or maybe a little more patient) so that I could teach her a simple process for using them more effectively. Teaching technique is about helping children control an art medium so they can get the most out of them, so that they get a good result and do not feel limited by their inability to manipulate it. For example, watercolours can easily become muddy if the brush is not washed in between colours and colours can become very pale and transparent if too much water is used, both of which can be demotivating for a young artist.
Gather your materials
- Watercolour palette
- Small container of water
- Paper towel
- Paper to paint onto
Repeat this process each time you want to change colours to avoid a dirty brown mixed up mess!
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