Materials needed for wet on wet watercolor set up:
~ Jars to hold the paint~
Little, little baby food juice jars to hold the paint
These boards were cut from a single sheet of plywood some fourteen years ago. They measure 11×20 inches and have rounded edges. They have not warped.
We brushed them with linseed oil after they were cut. They took a good week to dry and gave off a strong smell while drying and for a while after. They could be rubbed with a lovely beeswax polish instead. My guess is the linseed oil really penetrated the wood and has kept them from warping.
A large flat brush for yourself and one for each child. Look for the one inch flat brush about 8 or 9 inches long. A good paintbrush is a very worthy investment and if not left to soak in water, will last for 15 plus years. My brushes, above, have soaked in water and lost all their enamel paint which I removed as soon as it began to chip off. They are at least fourteen years old and were made in Germany, you can find them here.
Paint: Stockmar paints are associated with wet on wet painting because they are so beautiful and true and will make secondary colors with mixing. The colors you see below are :
also good are:
* is best for mixing to obtain other colors
Another excellent (and likely to be available locally) source of water color paint is the Windsor & Newton Cotman Series. They come in little tubes:
I like to add Rose Madder at Valentine’s, Cobalt blue is also good substitue for Ultramarine and has a different feeling.
Round off the edges and cut off the tabs where it was attached to the spiral binder.
~ Sponge or Cloth ~
You need a little sponge, this is a big one cut up
or some clothes ~ this is an old bedsheet
Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie is the Editor and Publisher of The Wonder of Childhood and has spent the past fifteen years with one of her own children in early childhood (under seven years of age.) She worked with children and their families for the past twenty two years, initially as a homebirth midwife. Lisa’s home based program The Children’s Garden began twelve years ago on a remote tropical island in the Pacific Ocean. Lisa’s current focus is on supporting parents of very young children and exploring the needs of boys in relationship to the Waldorf curriculum and ways of implementing support for those needs within the Waldorf curriculum. She lives with her family in Vermont. Lisa blogs at Celebrate the Rhythm of Life, offers an online program to support parents, teachers and childcare providers with daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythm called Celebrate the Rhythm of Life through the Year, and she hosts a free and open online discussion group for parents, teachers and childcare providers of young children here.