Watercolor paint is an excellent choice for kids painting indoors. It's easy to use, easy to clean, easy to mix, and cheap to buy. Toddlers, preschoolers and...Moms love it!
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According to About.com Watercolor is a type of paint made from pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder, such as gum arabic. Watercolor paints can be bought in tubes or pans (small blocks).
It is essentially color pigments suspended in a binder.
Watercolor is not as versatile as other mediums - but it can be mixed with other media's such as pastel, charcoal, crayons, and markers.
Due to it's watery consistency, it's best used on heavier cardboard, blotting paper or paper specifically manufactured for that purpose.
If your children use normal copy or construction paper, limit the number of layers painted per page and mix up thicker paint.
It is best suited to kids crafts using mainly paper as it does not stick well to other surfaces.
There are 2 ways in which to buy water color paint:
Try making your own with these easy Recipes.
Being water-soluble, it is very easy to clean. Simply wash little hands with soap and water and surfaces can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth or baby wipe.
Water color tubes however, are concentrated and it can stain clothes if not watered down.
See our Clean Up page for tips and tricks on reducing the mess and making the clean up easier.