Kids love making colourful crafts, and working with school dyes is colourful, fun, and yet so easy. You can paint simple pictures quickly, and you end up with a very bright watercolour effect.
LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.
Watercolour painting with school dyes
You will need:
: A school water base dye - or a food dye
: Paper (not too thin)
: Black Marker Pen
: Brushes. (Soft hair watercolour brushes are better): Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers or paper towels
Let’s get started:
First, make sure you have protection on the painting surfaces. Wear old clothing, smocks or aprons.
Start with a straightforward basic outline pencil sketch.
Make sure the outlines are dark enough for the children to paint around.
Pour the dyes into trays and paint pots.
Start to paint in your picture using one brush per colour. Try not to overload your brush. The lighter you paint, the better the watercolour effect, and it will dry much faster.
Once dry, use a black marker to outline the details. It is essential not to use the market before you paint as some markers will react with the dye and spoil the picture.
: You can mix colours, but things can quickly get messy with dirty colours and dirty brushes.
: Thin paper can get over wet and fall apart.