Summer Camp: Watercolor Word Art

Hi there!  I’m Kate from Chic on a Shoestring Decorating.

I’m SO excited to be a Camp Counselor here at Design Dazzle Summer Camp!

Over at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating you’ll find me decorating and DIY-ing on a shoestring budget.     Sometimes I have great successes and other times I have epic fails but I always have a good time.  I’d love for you to stop by and see me some time.

Enough about me, let’s get started!

I decided to share an indoor art project because let’s face it, sometimes it just too darn hot to be outside with the kiddos all day.

This project will hopefully be budget friendly since it uses supplies that most of you have around the house, plus, it’s way easy!

Watercolor paints and brush
Paper, heavier weight paper works better but any will work fine
Sticker Letters
Newspaper (optional)

To make your Watercolor Word Art you simply will stick your sticker letters on to white paper and have your kiddos paint over them with watercolor paints.  Once the paint is dry, peel off the stickers and you have some original art done by your little sweeties.

Fabulous watercolor word art! This is a genius idea to establish house rules!

I have seen this done before on canvas with acrylic paints, but canvases can get pretty expensive.  We wanted to make several paintings for our playroom so white paper was the way to go.  I had some heavier “drawing” paper from an old sketch pad we used that holds up a bit better to water.  But really, if you’re kiddos don’t go too crazy with the water you can use good old white printer paper.

First, don’t do what I did and tell your kids you’re going to let them do a very special paint project before you’re ready.  They will then follow you around harassing you with “is it ready yet?!” the entire time you are trying to set up. 🙂

When your kids are in front of the TV preoccupied is the best time to start setting up.  You may want to lay down some newspapers if you’re worried about your counter/table tops.  The watercolors we use wipes away easy with water so I didn’t bother, sometimes it just ends up getting in the way.

Now you’ll need to prepare your paper if your kiddos are little.  By preparing your paper I mean stick on the stickers.  We decided to use some of our “family rules” and sayings that we use often.  You could do names, initials, part of a  song, bible verses… the possibilities are endless!

I had a ton of stickers in my old scrapbooking supplies I picked up when my oldest was a baby.  Don’t ask me why I have so many scrapbooking supplies as I’ve completed all of zero scrapbooks.  My baby is now 7 and has about 4 pages scrapped for his 1 year album, but I had the best intentions…  

Anywho, because I was planning to use smaller frames, these stickers will work fine  If you are wanting to do a larger scale painting I’d suggest getting some larger sticker letters so they can be easily seen.

Once the stickers are stuck you can get to painting.  My boys had a great time painting over the stickers.  When they found out we were going to frame their art work they both really tried their best.

When finished working their watercolor magic we set them aside to dry.  Once dried carefully peel off the stickers and…


Waa La!  Watercolor Word Art!


It’s not perfect, the paint bled under the stickers in a few places (make sure you tell the kiddos not to peel off the stickers before it dries).  But the imperfections make it look handmade and special.

To mix it up a bit I helped my oldest with the splattering technique on the one above,  paint the background color first and splatter with another color while the background is still wet.

Older kids can even make a simple painting out of it like the sunshine above.

We already had some frames that I’d used in our nursery so I cut some of the art down to size (shhh, don’t tell the kids I had to cut off some of their art to make it fit in the frame!) 

These will soon be hanging on our playroom wall.  My boys will be so proud and so will this Momma!

A big thank you to Toni for letting me be a Camp Counselor here at Summer Camp!



Posted on June 19, 2012
Categories: crafting with kids, diy tutorials & creative ideas, holiday awesomeness, paint techniques, summer camp, summer camp

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  1. Jo says:
    June 19, 2012

    I'm SO doing this soon!! Love how yours turned out!!

  2. Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate says:
    June 19, 2012

    So so pretty! I did something similar with my kids in my classroom except we used a white crayon and then the water colors. same idea but yours come out so much neater and easier to read! Neat!

  3. ritajoy says:
    June 19, 2012

    I LOVE this idea, and the timing is perfect! I'm actually working on projects for crafts for our camp this year…this one will be awesome!

  4. Deebi27 says:
    June 19, 2012

    If doing larger pieces, would cut vinyl letters also work? This is such a great idea…I have the letters, now to find some watercolors!

  5. Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. Thanks, Jenny! 🙂

  7. So glad you like it, hope your campers enjoy it as much as mine did. 🙂

  8. Thank you! I think the vinyl letters would have to be pretty sticky or the water colors will seep underneath them. You could try it though… good luck! 🙂

  9. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says:
    June 20, 2012

    I love this!!! so cute and easy! My 7 year old keeps bugging me about how bored he is because it's been raining everyday and he hasn't been able to leave the house…he's driving me nuts! Now I have something new for him to do inside- thanks Kate!

  10. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says:
    June 20, 2012

    Oooo, just had a thought too that my 18 month olds can do this also! I can spell out their names on their papers with the stickers and then just let them have at it with the paint. (carefully…under heavy supervision…) It'd be a cute way to save their first painting!

  11. says:
    June 21, 2012

    This is awesome! Love the fact the kids can create wonderful looking art.
    Thank you for sharing : )

  12. Crafty Mischief says:
    June 22, 2012

    How fun! Can't wait to give this a try with my kiddos!

  13. Carrie Pasfield says:
    July 16, 2012

    My kids LOVED this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Angela Alvin says:
    September 16, 2012

    This is really mind blowing. Kids really loved these types of word arts.
    Vinyl Wall Word Art

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