How to Make Natural Watercolors

Monday, October 24, 2011

Since we had a bouquet of dying flowers that needed to be composted, I wondered if we could use the flowers to dye water to be used as a natural water color.

Miss E helped me pick off the petals.





She ground them up with her mini mortar and pestle.





We added hot water.





She stirred it up.





We strained out the petals.





We were excited because we had a bowl each of yellow and pink water.





Miss E started painting, and right away I could see that our technique hadn't worked. There was only a slight tint of the colors barely noticeable. Ela's creation was a glistening sheet of paper.





I lamented to Miss E that we weren't able to make the watercolors and asked if she wanted me to get out her store bought set of water colors. She replied that she liked painting with these colors, and she was having fun. Rather than use up more paper for invisible paint, I suggested we paint the patio, and she heartily agreed. She enjoyed playing with the tinted water outside.  I found this interesting because she has never enjoyed painting outside with plain water.






While I felt disappointed, that I wasn't able to make a true water color paint, this activity was a success for our daughter.  She was able to see that sometimes when we experiment, the result isn't what we expected. This reminded me that the process of invention is just as important as the outcome with children because they take pleasure in the work along the way.   Once young children finish a project, they often don't pay attention to the product spending mere seconds to glance at it, but they were engaged throughout it's creation.

While we might experiment with this again, I took the liberty of including links to sites showing how to make watercolors at home.

All Natural Watercolors

Watercolor Paint with Food Coloring

Watercolor with Herbal Tea

Watercolor with Dirt

6 comments:

Abbie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So true that things don't always turn out the way we want them to, but how great that she was having fun anyway!
Thanks for linking up to the oudoor play link up! Be sure to help spread the word and if you are on Pinterest check out the pinterest board of "Outdoor Play Link Up Ideas".

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Abbie, thank you for the tip to check out Outdoor Play Link Up on Pinterest! I love all the inspiration that comes with your Friday Outdoor Play Link Up!!

Kierna C said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a truthful, honest piece and how true that just because there was no end product to show off doesn't make it any less an interesting activity for the child. thanks for posting in the link up, looking forward to following more of your adventures,

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for your thoughts on my post, Kierna. I appreciate you stopping by!

kari said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Rebekah,
I have never tried this before, I think it is a neat activity idea,even though it did not work. I have to try to make it work.
BTW I hope you will join us for Every Day is a play day" link up. You can win $200 from Polarn O. Pyret.

Read more about here http://www.activekidsclub.com/fresh-air-living/feature/every-day-is-play-day-week-challenge.html
Kari

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Kari, Thanks for checking out our water coloring! Look at one of the links because those techniques should work better. =) Thank you for letting me know about your linky party. I definitely agree that Every day is a play day!

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