Monday, April 16, 2012

Liquid Watercolor Painting and Exploration

Have you ever tried Liquid Watercolors? Lately we have been painting and exploring with liquid watercolors that Discount School Supply sent us.  Liquid watercolors are one of my "must have supplies" and you should seriously try them if you never have before. They can be used straight from the bottle for the brightest colors or you can dilute them a bit with water.  Regular watercolor paints can be frustrating to young children and liquid watercolors solve this problem by having water already added to the pigment.

For painting and exploring with Liquid Watercolors we used:

paint brushes
bubble wrap

At first we just painted with liquid watercolors.

Finished person by C.  Lovely.

For exploration we painted watercolor paper with many splotches of colors.  We tried to keep it wet.

Then we sprinkled ordinary table salt which brought gorgeous results instantly.  We also added pieces of bubble wrap to place on top of wet areas of the painting.  The bubble wrap areas needed to dry a bit to show the impressions underneath.

Here you can see the speckled salt that melted into the painting and the bubble wrap impression on the blue paint on the left.  Breathtaking.

Here is another fantastic painting with salt and bubble wrap.  Experimenting is so fun!

What other ideas for experimenting with liquid watercolors could we try?

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  1. Beautiful! You have a lovely blog, and I'm a new follower ~ So nice to meet you!
    Anne ♥♥

  2. Never heard about liquid watercolors, but looks amazing - with those effects from salt and bubble wrap :)
    so inspiring ^^

    1. Glad to introduce you to liquid watercolors. I think you will love them. The salt effects are truly amazing, I agree.

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  4. What wonderful colors! I love your project.

  5. I have been wanting to get some liquid water colours for a while now. They are a bit pricey but I can see it is worth it now. I love the salt idea, we'll have to try it out soo.

    1. They are worth the investment and last a long time. Please share your experimentation!

  6. Is it crazy that I still haven't tried liquid watercolors with my girls? We have pan watercolors and tube watercolors. I wish the liquid watercolors came in smaller bottles :/ I'm gonna have to splurge and get some, I've been wanting to forever! C's exploration looks like fun and such beautiful bright colors! :)

    1. That is crazy that you have never tried them Aleacia! You will love liquid watercolors once you try them. Thanks.

  7. The colors look beautiful. I am sure C had a blast with this project!