Being :: Homemade Watercolor Pages

April 25, 2012

Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.

Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they chose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.



 I’m not sure where these “paint with water pages” are more popular – on Pinterest or at my house! A friend of mine made these DIY watercolor pages and my gals absolutely love them. Truth be told, I do too! I’m enchanted for a few reasons. First off, they kept my kids busy for more than 30 minutes… enough said. Also, they are simple and handmade – always a winner with me. And finally, they really inspire imagination – the blank pages can be transformed in so many ways (unlike traditional paint-with-water where colors are preselected for set images).



We dipped some pages right into the water and let them drip down the page… cool!



There was finger painting and color mixing, and all kinds of creative experiments.



And the final works of art were as varied as they were imaginative.



We’ll be making more of these watercolor pages. They would be great for plein air painting – painting outdoors – because all you need is a little water and a brush. They would also make a sweet, homemade birthday present, packaged up with a nice set of paintbrushes.



To make your own paint with water pages, just squeeze out dots of different colored watercolor paints in a line down the side of a piece of watercolor paper. Really, you could “dot” the paint anywhere on the page you like – all around it, in the corners, in a shape. Let your imagination be the limit!


Today is Liz’s last post in the Being series. We are so grateful to her for sharing her words and images with us, and we look forward to having her in the Rhythm of the Home community for a long time to come. We hope that you will continue to follow Liz’s journey of being on her blog, A Natural Nester.

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Christine April 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Great idea! I think my little crafter could enjoy lots of time with this too!

Nicola April 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I love this. My kids would love this.

Jen Betancourt August 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

What a super idea! My four year old artist in residence will love this. Thank you!

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