Here’s a watercolor project that kids are sure to love!

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1) Start with a free printable coloring page. You might be able to find this one. Any coloring page will do.

2) Tape the coloring page to an outside window. Then tape a sheet of watercolor paper over top. You should be able to see the coloring page lines.

3) Trace the lines.

4) Begin by mixing the paint for the face – Red and a little yellow. Paint.

5) Mix the paint for the hair. Then, wet the hair area with clean water. Paint the hair, leaving the top very light or  white, as if the sun is washing it out.

6) Mix the paint for the dress and bows. Paint.

7) Paint the roses with pink and red. Be careful to leave whites here and there to make the flowers sparkle.

8) Finish painting the face. Add a slightly darker color to the neck and around the hair line. Use the same face color and add a little blue.

9) Paint the leaves around the flowers. Keep changing shares of green.

10) Pain the background. Remember to keep moving. Watercolor paint dies quickly.

 

Interested in learning how to get started with watercolor, but don’t know where to start?

This guide will help you:

1) Select the right supplies to get started

2) Offer tips on how to hold a watercolor paint brush

3) Direct you to easy watercolor tutorials

4) Point you to worksheets that will drill your knowledge

5) Offer a few links to videos that will inspire!

1) Supplies
Getting started with watercolor is easy, and can be quite inexpensive. Here’s a list that should prove helpful.

Watercolor Paint Box
Invest in an inexpensive set of pan watercolors. Just stay away from the ultra-cheap Wal-Mart sets. The color will be less than satisfying.

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor paper is heavier than computer paper so that it can take a soaking. You can buy cheap paper, though make sure it’s 140lb. weight, so that it will stay fairly flat when it’s wet.

Watercolor Paint Brush
Your watercolor set may come with a paint brush. If not, a synthetic hair No. 8 round brush is a good brush to get started with. The biggest part of your budget ($5-$10) should be devoted to your brush.

Watercolor Pallet
A paper plate covered with plastic wrap will provide a great pallet on which to mix colors.

How to How a Watercolor Paint Brush
There are several ways to hold a watercolor paint brush. These are the two most common grips.

The Classic Grip (Click to Read More and/or See Pictures)
This grip is the most common grip, offering the most control over the brush.

“The classic grip for a watercolor paint brush is similar to holding a pencil…”

The Splatter Grip (Click to Read More and/or See Pictures)
This grip is ideal for adding a splatter effect to your artwork.

“The splatter grip requires you to grasp the middle of the brush…”

Watercolor Projects
The following projects are ideal for beginners. The first few lessons are easy step-by-step tutorials on how to paint excerpts from masterpiece art. The projects that follow will appeal to your silly side.

Degas Ballerina
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). This lesson provides kids with an opportunity to experiment with dry brush technique.

The Singing Fish (Miro)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro (1893 -1983). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll paint an excerpt from his “The Singing Fish.”

Sunflower (Van Gogh)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll paint an excerpt from his “Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers.”

Mondrian Watercolor Painting
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). This project challanges student to recreate his geometric art with a black crayon and three primary colored paints.

Three Musicians (Picasso)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Spanish Modern artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll paint an excerpt from his cubist masterpiece “Three Musicians (1905).”

How to Draw a Dog
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a dog.

The Little Engine That Could | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint the cartoon steam engine, The Little Engine that Could.

“Make a Wish” Fairy | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a fairy.

How to Paint a Clown Fish
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a school of clown fish and then outline the fish with black marker.

Monkey Loves Banana | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a monkey holding a banana.

Happy Kindergartener | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint simply drawn child. It is by the the easiest lesson to complete.

Retro Robot | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint retro-style robot, complete with colored lights.

Free Watercolor Worksheets
Print these watercolor worksheets to improve your skills.

Watercolor Terms | Word Search Worksheet
Drill 12 watercolor terms with the first free printable word search worksheet.

Art Worksheet: Painting Reflections in Watercolor
Learn how to paint the reflection of a lighthouse in the water.

Inspiring Tutorial/Demonstration Videos by Watercolor Artists

Fabio Cembrenelli | Demo IV
Tiffanny Varga Watercolor Tutorial, Part 1
Watercolor Tutorial Lesson Village Landscape

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Interested in learning about Dutch Baroque artist Jan Vermeer?

The “Paint the Greats” projects from MakingArtFun.com introduce the art of the great artists to kids in a fun way. Following a step-by-step approach, kids will learn watercolor painting techniques as they create a masterpiece of their own, based on the work of Jan Vermeer.

The Girl with the Pearl Earring | “Learn to Watercolor” Project (Click Here)

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About the Artist
Jan Vermeer was born in the Netherlands in the city of Delft, and baptized on October 31, 1632. His father, Reijnier Janszoon, was a textile worker and later an art dealer. Jan became interested in art through his early contact with artists. When his father died in 1652, Vermeer took his place as an art dealer. Read more…

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Interested in learning about French modern artist Henri Matisse?

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Beasts of the Sea | “Learn to Watercolor” Project (Click Here)

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About the Artist
Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambresis in northern France. His parents, Emile Matisse and Heloise Gerars, owned a general store where they sold household goods and seed. Henri was their first son. Read more…

Interested in learning about Spanish modern artist Pablo Picasso?

The “Paint the Greats” projects from MakingArtFun.com introduce the art of the great artists to kids in a fun way. Following a step-by-step approach, kids will learn watercolor painting techniques as they create a masterpiece of their own, based on the work of Pablo Picasso.

Three Musicians (Excerpt) | “Learn to Watercolor” Project (Click Link)

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About the Artist
Pablo Picasso was born on October 25,1881 in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, an art teacher, and Maria Picasso y Lopez. At an early age Pablo showed an interest in drawing. His first words were “piz, piz”, which is short for “lapiz”, the Spanish word for pencil. Read more…

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Sunflower | “Learn to Watercolor” Project

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About the Artist
Vincent van Gogh was born on March, 30th 1853 in a village in the southern Netherlands, to Theodorus van Gogh, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Vincent’s sister described him as a serious and introspective child. Read more…

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Ballerina (Degas) | “Learn to Watercolor” Project

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About the Artist
Edgar Degas was born in Paris France on July 19, 1834 to Célestine Musson De Gas and Augustin De Gas who was a banker. He was the oldest of five children. Degas began to paint as a young boy. By the time he turned eighteen, he had turned his bedroom into an artist’s studio. Soon after that, he registered to be an art copyist at the Louvre museum in Paris. Read more…

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