6yr old ds + watercolors + paper = Handmade Watercolor Wrapper
I don't know what it is.....if it is the season---Spring brimming with flowers around our neighborhood, or if it is the friendly painting gathering that is scheduled to happen this month (for which I am excited about, as I am going to be participating after a 'very long' break), .... I have been thinking (dreaming) a lot about watercolors for the past few weeks:). And it seems like many of my fellow homeschooling blogger friends are doing just that...painting watercolors:). I thought I post some of our resources.
I am very much an amateur artist, as I picked up painting sometime in my early 20s as a casual hobby to kill boredom in my grad student days. I am one of those self taught ones. Learning to paint was not something that was encouraged in my community of all busy-bee seriously focused academicians. It was considered a past time activity, something even considered as a 'waste' of time when compared to other important exams/ courses that we were required to get all A's in, so we can get into a great college. I think the society I grew up in required that kind of diligence to get ahead in life (in an non-artist path)... But, when I landed in this country for the first time years ago, I was highly impressed to see all the opportunities that were available to learn art at any age. I was living in Seattle at that time, and was inspired by the stunning Nature around me. So, I invested on an expensive set of watercolor painting supplies as a birthday gift to myself, on a meager grad student salary, if I may add, although I still use some of those supplies even today:).
Cliffs (Watercolor)It has been a long time since I did my last painting (about 4-5 yrs). Life got busy, and it became too hard to find uninterrupted time to indulge in such passions. And it becomes even harder when one is very picky about the uninterrupted time, as to how exactly that time has to be carved out. But, I am so glad that both my kids continue to learn and paint today (especially my younger one). I just recently began to photograph their old artwork that they did as 4/5/6 yr olds, and put it in a blog Lalithakalaa. My hope is to store 'all' the art work that my kids did/do (music, paintings, handcrafts, jewelry etc etc) in this blog.
I have also began to store some of my old paintings in the blog under 'Sravani' (to remind me that I can paint:)). But the blog is still in the initial stages. I am just so sad to see some of my son's clay work that he did at ages 4-6 yrs of age, because I feel they are very creative and impressive pieces of work for that age. And I remember him having so much fun with the whole process. I feel guilty at times for not taking active steps to find the appropriate classes and avenues for him to learn and enjoy art more, because whatever I found for him to pursue as 'classes', damaged his creative, free spirited, artistic mind that kind of shut him off from creating and enjoying art. After so many trials, he is emerging again to paint oil paintings and is having ton of fun with it in the past few months. We also just found a free spirited artist who loves ds' interests and talents, and wants to work with him on sculptures and art, so hopefully he will begin to 'create' in clay again as well.
But in the next couple of months, we (myself and whichever kid wants to join) are going to be doing some Chinese watercolor paintings and Botanical paintings. My dd is still vacillating about taking a break this quarter, but ds has gone back to campus, that too with an increased course load(3 courses). He is so excited about it that I think he would have much fun being on campus than doing anything else. So, whatever limited time I may find, I want to put to use to do some 'feel good' paintings with or without the kids. I even got my supplies out already in the family room......just need the time to feel right, lol.
Anyways, the resources below will hopefully spark some interest in some of you to paint. Perhaps you could share your experiences in the comments section? I would love to visit some art /painting sites if you have one.
Watercolor painting for kids:
Check some of these sites for tips, lessons and resources. Of course there are tons of art blogs oriented towards kids and families.A life time of color
Art projects for kids
Art for kids
Waldorf Inspired watercolors
Teach your kids how to paint
How stuff works
- Art Supply Warehouse Express (ASWExpress)
- Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies
- Dick Blick Art Supply
- Jerry’s Artarama
- Daniel Smith
- The Italian Art Store
- New York Central Art Supply (order over phone)
Watercolor instructions and resources online:
There are literally tons of resources available online. I have listed only a few here. Hope you find these inspirational and useful.
- Cheapjoe's watercolor videos for basic techniques.
- Free watercolor painting videos-collection of vidoes from about.com.
- Wonderful step by step lessons of watercolor painting from wet canvas
- captainwatercolor.com Free watercolor painting videos.
- Colorchart for putting together one's own colors and combination. Great tool.
- Painters online British watercolourist site.
- PBS watercolor videos online.
- Colorpainting videos on watercolors, papers and more
- Useful and beautiful instructions, brush techniques and more from watercolorpainting.com
- Frank Clarke's Simply Painting. My favorite kind of paintings and lessons:). Highly recommend it.
- Susie Short's watercolor instructions, tips, techniques, lessons for beginners.
- Bigbrush.com Canadian artist site with down-loadable lessons.
- Susan Scheewe watercolor videos. One other favorite artist of mine. Great lessons online.
- How to draw and paint site has some wonderful tips and techniques for amateur watercolorists.
- Lessons and information on water media, brushes, colors, papers, palettes, color theory etc one needs to know for watercolors painting enjoyment from handprint. Also, check out the cool page on pigments and paints.
- wannalearn.com has some interesting videos online.
- Nice, step-by-step videos here.
- Some great collection of videos from youtube.
- Art instruction blog videos online for painting watercolor.
- world of watercolor is an online magazine for watercolorists and other artists. It has free lessons for watercolorists.
- Art show resources and painting lessons.
- Watercolor Magazine website. A great magazine for the watercolor artists. Great tips and lessons.
- Beginner's watercolor painting videos online from eHow.
- Watercolor painting and project site has lessons, instructions, tips and resources.
- Ofcourse PBS series on painting is a fabulous way to learn to paint. There are many series available. Love to paint with mimi, David Dunlop, Gary Spetz series etc
There are many books out in the market to learn watercolor painting. I suggest visiting the book stores or art stores to see what appeals to you. Honestly, I learned to paint by experimenting with paints, and to some extent by watching a few painting shows on PBS. I have perused some of these books below in the book stores and libraries, and I like them for their own unique offerings. Some of these authors, books, paintings in the books, inspire me and give me fresh ideas to try out. I usually like to get a whole bunch of various books, (and videos), and try to glance through them. I pick a few new points/lessons from each one of them that appeal to me the most, and then I try to do my own techniques. I usually do not get to finish any of the books on art (that does not look good for me, does it?:)), because I am very impatient, and need to try and incorporate some of my own ideas that I come up with, and do not usually have the patience to finish the books. Instead I begin doing my own art:). I have more fun 'creating' them than reading about 'how to' create them. Again, I am not that good an artist either and yet to learn everything:). But hopefully some of these books are useful to you.
- First Steps Painting Watercolors (First Step Series)by Cathy Johnson (and other books)
- The Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques by Hazel Harrison
- Color Mixing Bible: All You'll Ever Need to Know about Mixing Pigments in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Soft Pastel, Pencil, and Ink by Ian Sidaway
- Chinese Watercolor Techniques For Exquisite Flowers by Lian Quan Zhen
- Watercolor Basics Color: Color by Jan Kunz
- You Can Paint Watercolors by Alwyn Crawshaw
- Watercolor a Beginner's Guide by Elizabeth Horowitz
- Watercolor Workbook by Bud Biggs
- Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia Nice by Claudia Nice
- The Complete Book Of Watercolors In A Weekend by Hazel Harrison
- The Watercolor Artist's Flower Handbook: Leading Floral Artists Show How to Capture the Beauty of Flowers by Patricia Seligman
- Botanical Illustration in Watercolor (Practical Art Books) by Eleanor B. Wunderlich
- Watercolor 101: Techniques for the Absolute Beginner by Jeanette Robertson
- The Watercolor Bible - A Painter's Complete Guide by Joe Garcia
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor by Marian Appelhof
- Basic Flower Painting Techniques in Watercolor (Basic Techniques Series) by Rachel Rubin Wolf (and other books in the series)
- Painting with Watercolor, Pen & Ink by Claudia Nice
- Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner by Mark Willenbrink
- Watercolor Essentials: Techniques for Exploring, Painting and Having Fun. by Birgit O'Connor
- Watercolor for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter by Mary Whyte
- Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines by Linda Kemp
- Watercolor Basics - Let?s Get Started by Jack Reid
- Art Tricks Sketching with Watercolor Pencils by Top That Editors
- Watercolor Secrets: An Inside Look at the Techniques of Award-Winning Splash Artists by Rachel
- Watercolor Basics - Painting Flowers by Sharon Hinckley
- Watercolor for the first time by Kory Fluckiger
- The Complete Guide to Watercolor by Ray Smith
- Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints by Hilary Page
- Watercolor Simplified by Pat Weaver
- Creative Watercolor Workshop by Mark E. Mehaffey
- Different Strokes: Watercolor: Unique double demonstrations reveal alternative approaches to watercolor painting by Naomi Tydeman
- Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook by Brenda Swenson
- Creating Nature in Watercolor: An Artist's Guide by Cathy Johnson
- Steps to Success in Watercolor: Learn Eight Valuable Principles for Planning Your Next Watercolor Painting (Artists Library) by Brenda Swenson
- The Watercolor Artist's Handbook (Artist's Handbook Series) by Sally Harper(and other books in the series)
- Creating Textured Landscapes With Pen, Ink & Watercolor by Claudia Nice
- The Usborne book of Art Skills: Over120 Ideas for Pastels, Printing, Rubbings, Resist Effects, Tissue Paper, Found Objects, Splattering, Drawing, Painting, Paper Collage, Watercolors (Kid Kits) by Edc Publishing
- Art Fun! (Art and Activities for Kids) by Kim Solga
- Also, check out some of the watercolor DVDs and Videos here