CAT SILHOUETTE KIDS HALLOWEEN ART PROJECT
We’re starting to get into the Halloween spirit with some arty fun projects. This cat silhouette project kind of evolved from a blow paint art activity that I’m going to share soon. I think the reason I’m starting with this one is because I love it so much.
A while back, I came across a post from happy hooligans all about making watercolor paints from dried up markers. Let’s face it, little ones are hopeless at replacing caps on felt pens; I go through out pen box every few weeks removing dried up ones. After reading this post, I had another ‘junk’ item to add to my hoarding tendencies!!
A few days ago I decided to get to work making some liquid watercolors with the inside part of our dried up makers. I think it’s better to leave them for at least a day, so that the colored dye has got plenty of time to infuse into the water.
We had a play around with our new set of liquid colors on some watercolor paper and simply used a wide brush to paint lines across the paper. We love the pastel shades it created. I would say you could use these paints on plain paper too but the paints are very watery and the paper may not take the color properly.
If your little one adds alot of paint and gets a puddle of water, like miss 3 did as you can see from our images; simply use a paper towel to mop up the excess liquid.
We left our paper in the sun to dry. It really didn’t take long at all. I’d say 20 minutes or so. Then we set to work with painting our Halloween black cat silhouette onto our watercolor artwork. For preschoolers, you could paint the outline and let them fill it in. We used a tube of black store bought liquid watercolor paint. Draw a circle for the head outline with two triangle ears, then a triangle shaped body with a tail. I’m no artist, and this was pretty easy; even for me.
Next fill in the silhouette with the rest of the black paint. I encouraged our wee one to dip her brush into water between each run. You want the black paint to be really runny so that the scratch art process works nicely. Once the silhouette has been filled in, the scratch process can begin.
Using a fork, simply drag the tips of it outwards around the edge of he silhouette. If you find it’s not working, you will probably need to dip the paintbrush in water again and add drops of water to areas of the car that may have already dried. Work your way around the outline, adding more water as necessary. Voila! You have a scruffy black Halloween cat silhouette on a watercolor sunset background.
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