So almost by accident I found these three secret painting tips for my little artists.
Three Secret Painting Tips For Little Artists
- Use Stabilo Woody Pencils
- Use mixed media paper
- Use smaller paper
Ok so they might not seem revolutionary, but let me explain!
These are one of the most amazing art materials for kids we’ve found. They’re fun, and extremely unique. You can read our full review here. The thing we love most about these little gems is most unexpected. After drawing with them, drag water over it and your drawing turns into a painting. Kids love this, well my kids actually freak every time we use them. The part I love (and even my wife), clean up is snap and because the color is on the paper first and then water added you’ll be amazed at how well it controls the mess.
Find Stabilo Woody on Amazon.
Mixed Media Paper
Regular printer paper does not hold up after getting wet (think toilet paper), it’s just not designed to be painted on. We prefer to use water color paper when painting, it’s specifically design to get wet (even saturated). The only down side to water color paper, it’s a little expensive. Try using mixed media paper. This paper is designed for everything (charcoal, pencil, marker, wet media) and it’s cheaper than water color paper. We found a pretty big stack for only $3.99 at Hobby Lobby (plus you can always use this coupon for 40% off).
Use Smaller Paper
Cut the paper in half or even quarters and you’ll make it last longer. If you’re using regular paints, smaller paper might not make as much sense, especially if your kids tend to be adventurous with paint. Though if your kids are older I would always recommend this. Small paper is great to practice on, then when you’re ready for a final project use larger paper.
If you have any other secret tips you’ve found while painting with your kids, we’d love to hear about them!