Being mostly indoors during the winter my two children look to me to set them up with a new project. After viewing a friend's recent Instagram story and how beautiful a painting she and her daughter created I was inspired to give this fine art collaboration a shot!
Here's what you need to get started -
- Standard #2 Pencil
- Watercolor Paper
- Watercolors + Watercolor brushes
- Frame (with matte preferred)
- Wipe clean Everly Activity Mat (optional)
Step One: Pencil to Paper
Encourage your child to begin to draw loops and swirls with a pencil for that minimalist abstract look. This may seem a bit drab (and not their color of choice), but it's a great foundation, and it will give the art a more mature look in the end - you'll see! Let your child try a few different designs then choose which one fits your style.
Step Two: It's Mommy's (or Daddy's) Turn!
Now it's your turn to collaborate! Break out your watercolor paints and begin to fill in the shapes your little artist has rendered.
Remember - there's no wrong way to make art!
Step Three: Clean Up
To clean up, use a wet paper towel or washcloth. Our Everly Activity Mats are completely waterproof, which means you can wipe up leftover paint with a quick swipe. We've even used a garden hose on our mat when outdoors!
Pro Tip: If you're working on a dry craft like beading, sensory tables, or cutting paper, you can pull together all four corners of your mat to form a 'basket shape.' Then, you can bring all your scraps to the trash bin and dump them in!
Step Four: Frame & Hang
Place your painting in a frame of your choice (we prefer a frame that comes with a matte - it gives it that extra sophisticated look). Then find a spot for all to admire! These paintings look great in a series and also make a thoughtful gift!
Looking for a wipe clean activity mat?
The Everly Activity Mat we used during our painting was Pisces (in the larger 50” x 72” size, but it's also available in 48" square!). You can find all of our Everly Activity Mats in different colors and sizes here.