Inspired by Kandinsky
Experimenting with painting needn't be complicated.
Fill an A3 page with squares and circles marked out lightly with pencil for your child to fill in with watercolours or poster paints. Lovely!
Wax Resist Tulips
On white paper, draw a shape or a picture, not too complicated, with a white wax crayon or oli pastel.
Wash over with watery watercolour paint. The wax will resist the paint and creates a lovely effect.
I remember doing this as a child.
We drew round a cup with a black marker pen to fill a canvas with overlapping circles, then painted them with watercolours
Instant wall art!
Mini Landscape Canvases
These mini canvases are available from Pound Shops.
We took these on holiday - the children used watercolours and painted the view from the window.
CD Case Paint Planets
Open a blank cd case and dribble blobs of acrylic paint.
Shut the case and press down on it to mix the colours
and 'squidge' them a bit.
Leave to dry - use as coasters, bluetac them on the wall.
Remember, acrylic paints are very hard to get off clothes and furniture!
Large Scale Painting
This is our son Charlie when he was just two.
On a dry day, we taped a huge sheet of lining paper
onto the patio and gave him some thick brushes, rollers, paints. He painted, printed, walked on it and had a great time!
I framed a section of it - friends sometimes think we
bought an expensive piece of modern art - of course, it's priceless to us.
It's never to early to get your children painting, so long as they can hold a brush!
A Beautiful Canvas
This is my daughter, at around three and a half.
I gave her a big canvas and some brightly coloured paints and let her do what she wanted.
She enjoyed mixing all the colours together until they went brown and proceeded to paint herself.
We all have different tolerance levels around MESS.
It's important to remember kids need to experiment
and explore, it's how they learn, via play.
The paints were washable, as wash the plastic cloth,
her apron and her arms!