Baby’s First Watercolor

My son is only 15 months old…but I just can’t wait!  I really want to be working on projects with the little guy, so I thought up this one, and we did it together (with lots of mommy prep and post work), but I can honestly say, this is my son’s watercolor work and I am very pleased with the result of our combined efforts.

Watercolor is something my mom raised us doing.  My mom continues to do watercolors for the grandchildren, and we cherish each one.  In fact, I have three watercolors set aside to frame and hang in the “big boy” room we are putting together for my son once the baby arrives.  And, on vacation this year my mom gave my son his first taste (figuratively and literally) of watercoloring.

So, here is how the project went:

1. Find images you like the shape of (I used all animals).  Print these to the correct size, cut out, and trace onto vinyl.  Cut out. **side note, I am not lucky enough to have a fancy cutting machine…maybe someday…**

2. Depending if you want a silhouette or not, place either the image itself or the outline of the image onto the watercolor paper.  (Note, we learned that the vinyl itself will not fully keep out the watercolor (especially if your little guy likes water as much as mine!) but it will work to keep things from getting too messy and allow you to find the outline with the paint is dry).

3. Head outside and PAINT!

4.  After dry, remove the vinyl and carefully cut out the objects or their silhouette.

5. Frame. NOTE–I couldn’t justify buying 6 new frames for this project, so I used old frames around the house, and bought a few second hand, and then spray painted them all black.

6.  Finally, stay outside and enjoy the rest of a beautiful morning before cleaning up .

I hope this makes your Monday a little brighter!  Also, if you have any other ideas for art projects with little people, I’d love to see them!

Thanks, as always, for being here!

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  1. That is really beautiful, I love this project!

  2. You brought tears to my eyes, Nancy! I love that you LOVE the art we shared growing up so much! Your brother, John, looked at this post too, and couldn’t stop saying how much he admires your talent and “eye” for gracing your world with fun and inexpensive and special projects! Little Gus is truly blessed to have you for his mom! Thanks for your tribute to watercolors – they make me happy and I love to share them with you and all the kids and grandkids! Jesus, thank you for the small things in life and the joy they bring us! Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, mom

    • Oh mom–Thanks for all this. I am excited for you to see Gus’s new room with all your watercolors hanging up…once we start working on that room!
      love you!

  3. I love this idea! My little guy is just over 2 1/2, and we just tried watercolors recently. I love the idea of turning it into a piece of art and framing it. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

  4. This is a really fun idea! Turned out great! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog 🙂

  5. I adore this idea and look forward to trying it with my two-year-old daughter as soon as my three sons go back to school. I have artwork of theirs hanging upstairs but nothing for her yet. Now I will! I found your blog through the adventures of a diy mom linky party.

    Bonny @

  6. Thank you for following my blog – I follow you now via GFC. Love this post {I don’t have a little one anymore, but I’m going to do this myself!} Pinned.
    Linda Nortje

  7. What a cute project!!!!! And your little is stinkin’ adorable!!! 🙂

  8. Love this! Such a cute project to do with really little ones. Will be trying this with my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. This is such a fun idea – They turned out super cute too 🙂

  10. How fun! I love that you’re already trying to get him to do art with you! I just tried to do crayons with my son who’s 11.5 months and it was great 🙂 Gotta get those little guys crafting early!

  11. What a cool way to incorporate his art in a modern and interesting way … LOVE the animals! Thanks for sharing this at the {what’s shakin’ link party}!!

  12. First of all, your son is adorable! Second, what a brilliant idea. Where can I get the vinyl?

    Thanks for sharing this at the Terrific Tuesdays link party!

  13. So adorable! I bet he had lots of fun.

    Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm & Link Up party – see you next week!

  14. Hello! Stopping by from Naturally Nifty – this is so awesome! I just love the idea and can’t wait to try it with my little girl! 🙂

  15. This is a great project. And I think your little one has a great eye for color! Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  16. Congrats! You’ve been featured on Naturally Nifty – this was my pick (as cohost) as best of from last week 🙂 Hop on by to grab the button!!

  17. What a sweet and wonderful project for the little ones 😉 found you thru Melrose Family

  18. Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back again this week with some more great ideas!

  19. He is so cute, and this is an amazing idea. I really love these. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  20. What a great idea! Can you share where you found the animal images that you cut out of vinyl?

  21. Soooooo fun! I started my son out with paints when he was 2 and he’s been hooked on art ever since. It’s never too early!


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