Watercolor Paint

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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What is Water Color?

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.

Using Water Color

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.

Buying Watercolor

There are 2 ways in which to buy water color paint:

  1. Tubes: buying in tubes is great for toddlers. You can squeeze out, and mix as much or as little as you need - without contaminating the rest of the paint with every other color in the box. You can also mix it to be as watery or as thick as your child likes.

  2. Pans or Trays: buying in trays is cheaper than buying it in tubes. It's great for older preschoolers as they (mostly) remember to wash their brush in water before using another color. They love moving from one color to the next and mixing new ones as they go. Although it is cleanable - having a tray full of greeny-brown paint quickly loses it's appeal. Color blocks in trays tend to go mouldy if they don't dry out completely before stored away.

Try making your own with these easy Recipes.

Cleaning Up

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.

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