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  • Texturizing Watercolors
  • Sarah Heffernan
Texturizing Watercolors

Get creative with your materials and explore the many different ways to watercolor. Encourage your child to explore how the water works with the paint while getting creative. One way to do this is by removing water from the page after it has already been applied. Here are three super easy techniques to texturize watercolor paintings. All of the supplies can be found at home and are perfect for little artists to try out.

This is also a perfect opportunity to learn about water! Ask your child what they think will happen when different materials are applied to the page, and once you see the finished product discuss why that is. 

To start, gather your materials. You’ll need watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and at least one brush. Next look around the house for salt (coarse or table salt), cling wrap or something similar, and tissues or a paper towel.

For the first texture, you’ll be using salt to create a sort of snowy or starry pattern. It’s best to use a darker paint color for this to really contrast with the marks the salt makes by absorbing the paint.

Spread a layer of paint over the page. Pour the salt in your hand and sprinkle it onto the page, controlling the distribution so it only affects the desired area.

Let the paint and salt combination dry. When you’re sure it’s completely dry, shake the salt off and gently push the rest of the salt off of the page. 

The cling wrap makes for some really interesting patterns in the paint. Apply a layer a paint to the page and then crinkle up some cling wrap. Spread the cling wrap across the areas you want to texturize and allow to dry.

When the page dries, gently pull the cling wrap off of the page.

For the final technique, apply the paint to the page and then dab the page firmly with a paper towel or a tissue. The tissue will absorb the watercolor paint in a texture that looks like soft clouds.

Be careful not to rip the page by rubbing the tissues too hard!

Providing your child with diverse choices will lead to more creative and more fulfilling art making. Show your budding artist how to properly use these techniques and then let them take over to create their very own masterpiece. 

  • Sarah Heffernan

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