What You’ll Need
Jars to hold the paint
Sponge or Cloth
Painting Smock or Apron
~ Jars to hold the paint~
Little, little baby juice jars to hold the paint
These boards were cut from a single sheet of plywood some fourteen years ago. They measure 15×20 inches and have rounded edges. They have been soaked with water and paint and not warped.
We brushed them with organic 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. You can find brushes here.
Paint: Stockmar paints are used 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 substitute for Ultramarine and has a different feeling.
~ Nourishing Wonder ~
I refrain from describing the arising of a third color as well, so that the children have the magical experience of discovering the wondrous emergence of a third color out of the interplay of the two colors on paper.
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 bed sheet
And now on to the painting, a tutorial -> here.
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.