It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s time to introduce Bella to the joys of watercolor.
Inspired by the Bookworm, I purchased First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by Mary Ann Kohl for Bella’s birthday, a gift I hope will brighten her whole year. My plan is to try to do one art activity a week.
Of course, it’s taken me several weeks just to get around to starting. I finally bought a set of tempera paints and a variety pack of brushes this week and today brought them out for the first time.
I put some water in a mini-muffin tin and put a bit of tempera paint in several of the wells. Then I gave her about half a dozen different sized brushes and a piece of paper. She was enchanted.
The only problem was that her little table is only big enough for one piece of paper with the muffin tin on top, so we shared. I know I should have shown her how to paint and then stepped back, but I adore playing with watercolors. So it devolved into her mostly playing with the water in the muffin tin and occasionally dabbing at the paper and me painting page after page, swirling the colors she dabbed on until everything was dull and gray. But of course that’s fine too. One of the activities in the book was simply allowing the child to play with colored water. Whatever process Bella wants to get involved in, as long as she’s having fun. Process not product.
One funny thing was that she decided to allot me one brush. It became “mommy brush.” All the others if I tried to pick them up, she’d yell at me, “No!” And if I tried to put my brush down, say to eat lunch or play with Sophia, she’d pick it up and hand it to me, saying, “mommy brush.”
She kept lifting her brush into the air and laughing. What joy!