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
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.
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…
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!