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.