When my kids were young, kindergarten and third grade, I was hired at our local district as a teacher's aid. To my delight we had children's author's come to visit the school several times a year, and I was asked to create large "copies" of their books artwork for display. It gave me experience
with student grade art materials, and I quickly understood that painting (not coloring) a large piece of butcher paper with a picture on it, was the quickest way to get the job done. I assisted teachers for about four years, after which I applied for a Science curriculum job, and changed my path.
The love of drawing, using color and creating pretty things have followed me almost daily since that time.
Below are some drawings, done quickly, for use as a journal coloring book. It is something I work on periodically. The paint set is student grade and one I couldn't resist. It is a Grumbacher watercolor set, $37.85 on Amazon. Fine for budding artists and anyone for that matter. The downside of them is they aren't quite as brilliant as professional grade paints, but for learning, and playing I suggest them strongly. They are better than the cheaper student paint sets that cost very little, and deliver weak color.
The art journal book I've chosen to use is called Nature's Sketch, 9" x 6". It is available locally, has a nice weight paper of 130lb, and good tooth for the paint.
These few pages were done with permanent felt tip pen, and watercolor. It felt like play! My time was well spent to explore another avenue of watercolor painting and create coloring pages for future grandkid time! All four of mine like to draw, color and paint! I like to provide art time for them because it brings another element of play into their lives and art is enriching!
Thanks for coming to Paint Party Friday and for my week two contribution!