Thursday, January 06, 2011

wet paint

Happy New Year, Happy Three Kings Day and Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas! It is bittersweet that today is the last day of Christmas, but I feel we are ready to take on the new year and all that it holds for our family.

This week we started back to school. Even though we loved having several weeks off with no real agenda other than to relax, celebrate, feast and be merry, it felt splendid to get back into our routine again.

We have spent several days this week doing some wet-on-wet watercolor painting, a technique that we had never tried before. After acquiring some of our supplies over the Christmas season we were ready to give it a try.

I have ready many tutorials explaining this technique of wet-on-wet watercolor painting. This one is really useful.

This week the children are painting with only one primary color each time. Next week we will combine two of them and see what the results are.

They have been loving the process of wetting the paper, watching the paints get mixed and sliding their smooth brushes across the glossy, textured paper to see what intensities of color arises from their applications.

One element of our homeschooling is handwork- making something with our hands that is beautiful and useful. This certainly falls under that category. We plan on stringing up the paintings in our schoolroom to decorate one of the big, empty walls!


Jessica Torrant said...

Well you KNOW I love this!!

Jody said...

Lovely! We are jumping into painting next week. I needed one more week of decompression before I was ready to tackle painting and the big math block. I enjoy reading your blog so much. It almost inspires me to start one of my own.