Watercolor Wonder: Stained Glass Painting

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Watercolors are a perfect art time choice for kids of all ages. They allow children to experiment with color intensity and color mixing, plus they’re relatively easy to clean up compared to tempera paint.

This activity uses glue to add another dimension to your child’s watercolor creations. Bigger kids can create a dramatic stained glass effect while younger kids can be successful painting in the lines without having the colors run together.

All you need for this project are a set of watercolor paints, white school glue, and some black and white outline images.

Older children can start by drawing the image with a black pen onto cardstock or watercolor paper. For younger kids, do a web search for “coloring pages” (there are tons of options available) and print the images. This is a great opportunity to pick your child’s favorite character, animal or vehicle.

Next, trace around the lines of the image with glue. Don’t be afraid to let your kids get involved in this step. It’s great fine motor practice for little hands.

Once your images are completely outlined with glue, leave them to dry. This takes several hours, so trace lots of images as your art activity on day one and move on to painting them on day two.

Once the glue is dry it will form a raised lip around each section of the image.

The lip works perfectly for keeping each color contained inside the lines.

When your kids are done painting they’ll have a lovely collection of stained glass art to proudly display on the wall.

This is a fabulous activity when stuck inside due to rain or summer heat. Just be prepared to make a lot of coloring sheets. My kiddos have been painting this way for three days straight and are still asking for more!

Photo Credit: Stephanie Morgan

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