You’ll definitely want to try our latest art process art project– painting with pipettes and watercolors. This classic art activity for kids is always a hit and is fun for all ages- toddler, preschool, kindergarten and on up. We used droppers and liquid watercolors to create really colorful and interesting art- such a fun activity for little hands and great fine motor practice too!
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Watercolors always seem to be our go-to art material when we’re looking for something quick and easy. (Be sure to check out these other projects using watercolors: Colorful Newspaper Snowflakes and Tide Pool Art for Kids.) So today when I was trying to think of an easy project to keep my poor sick little guy occupied, I grabbed our usual favorite material- watercolors!
This watercolor activity uses pipettes or droppers and is so fun and mesmerizing to watch. Kids love seeing how the colors mix and bleed together.
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Art for Kids: Painting with Watercolors and Droppers
This project was actually more fun than I bargained for- Theo had a BLAST observing the unusual patterns and colors spreading over his paper! And it also doubled as a learning experience. Theo has never used a dropper before, so he felt quite a bit of pride learning a new skill (and I loved he was getting in some much need fine motor practice while gaining confidence in creating too).
Materials for Process Art Project
- Watercolor paper (This is my favorite art paper. It’s inexpensive and works for a variety of art materials.)
- Liquid watercolors (Our absolute favorite liquid watercolors!)
- Droppers or pipettes
- Medium paintbrush
- Containers to hold your paint and water
Start by painting your whole sheet of watercolor paper with water.
Add your liquid watercolors to some containers. (You can water them down a bit or leave them as is for more vibrancy.)
Place a dropper or pipette in each container. (You can also use an ice cube tray to hold you paints!)
Theo had never used a dropper before so we practiced with it for quite a while- just sucking watercolors into the dropper and squeezing them out over and over!
Now fill a dropper with some watercolor, and squeeze out one drop onto your paper. Watch what happens! Keep adding more and more to create some beautiful art!
Theo decided to see what would happen when he dropped paints on top of each other.
He loved the results!
“I make butterfly, Mommy!”
Then he discovered that painting with two droppers is also really fun!
And he was also pretty excited that he could make the letter ‘x’ with two droppers. “X, Mommy!!” I got to see that ‘x’ at least 20 times today!
Tip: If your child ends up covering their entire paper with tons of liquid, take a paper towel and press it onto the paper to soak up the liquid. It will help it dry more quickly and leave a cool texture-like design.
Theo ended up creating quite a bit of art with this technique! I’ll definitely be pulling this quick and easy painting activity out again!