Water Lilies on Canvas

This is a lovely keepsake for parents as it is painted on board canvas.  I purchase my canvas boards at Michaels in packs of 10 with my 40% off coupon.   I use the cheap liquid craft paint.
STEP ONE:  Mix up several mixtures of blue for the pond.  Remember to have one a bit on the purple side or pinkish.
STEP TWO:  Let the children cover their canvas with broke strokes of these colors.  I let them “go for it.”  Let this dry before the next step.
STEP THREE:  I give them several sizes of lily pad tracers to trace on their canvas.
STEP FOUR:  I mix up several shades of green and let them paint the lily pads.  Let this dry before going on to the next step.
 STEP FIVE:  I mix up three colors for the lilies – pink, light pink and yellow.  I tell them to begin with the darker pink and build to yellow.  Then we use the side of a cardboard piece and scrape lines into the wet paint.  Let this dry before going on to the next step.
STEP SIX:  Finally, I give them a selection of oil pastels to use.  First, I offer white and blue oil pastels to make “swirls” in the pond.  Second, I offer pinks and yellows to add lines to the flowers.  I suggest they out line the flowers and lily pads.  Finally, I offer greens and yellows for lines on the lily pads.

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  1. This is beautiful – really a great keepsake!

  2. Delightful and joyful! Thank you for following me!

  3. Melanie says:

    Love this blog!!

  4. It’s wonderful. We’re following your lesson and doing our own today. We watched Linnea in Monet’s Garden a few days ago when I had too much of a migraine do do formal lessons:) This painting is a timely follow-up. Thanks!

  5. Lauren says:

    Hello, I am an art instructor and am always on the lookout for projects to do with my pre-k students. I was at first a little weary of the multiple steps, and the letting it dry period. But the project was a huge success! My students with not as precise motor skills were able to create much looser paintings, and my little perfectionists could be as meticulous as they wanted! I teach a large group of students and created a blow drying station between the steps. Thanks so much sally, you’re the best!

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