This is what we've been doing for the past few weeks--ever since my art supplies arrived from Discount School Supply. Liquid watercolors are the best! We've been painting with them by using droppers to transfer the paint onto coffee filters which soak up the paint beautifully, allow the colors to blend into each other, and can hold lots of liquid without disintigrating. And when I say we, I mean Maia and me as well as any child who has come into our house lately. We also did this in our art class on Tuesday and our Toddler Art Group yesterday.
Unfortunately I didn't get around to taking photos until we ran out of coffee filters half way through art group yesterday. But, Justin here had the bright idea of using paper towels which also work really well.
Here's Thalia's, above.
I sent families home with pipe cleaners so they could make butterflies with the painted coffee filters (just fold over a pipe cleaner, insert the coffee filter and scrunch it up, then twist the pipe cleaners at the top to hold it in place, leaving a "V" for the antenae).
And we also tore up the painted coffee filters and used them in collages. They turn out really well.
And who do I have to thank for these ideas? Julie Liddle of Art in Hand. I interviewed her a while back for the blog (and will be posting it soon) and she mentioned this was one of her students' favorite art activities.
And, it turns out that she just published an article on different ways to use liquid watercolors titled Cool Art for Hot Summer Days. Check it out. If I haven't convinced you you need to buy some liquid watercolors, she will.