Beginners Paint


I am so excited to share my love of art with my daughter and now you!

For some reason paint has the reputation of being the most "artsy" art medium.   
And as an art teacher I could not wait to let my little one paint. 

Now mamas, don't be afraid of paint. Actually, painting with a toddler doesn't have to be scary at all! I love painting with Noël.  She wears her normal clothes and it's awesome to see her face light up when she sees her creation. 

For those of you who would like to try this at home.  Here are three awesome ways you can paint with your child.

FIRST STEP: So this is your first time buying art materials
Materials: water, jar/bowl (I prefer something heavier or lower and with more surface area.  This helps minimize spills), towel (you/something will get wet), construction paper, variety pack paint brushes (allow your child to try out different size brushes)
No Real Mess- Okay, so this is your first time painting with your young one. If you're worried about the mess, don't. Start off with painting water. Cheap construction paper absorbs water wonderfully. You will see a contrast in color and guess what?! Your worse spill will be of water! Which in my opinion is the best kind of spill.

GO FOR IT: Do it!
Materials: water, towel, variety pack paint brushes, any light colored paper (your young one is exploring.  no need to buy expensive watercolor paper), watercolor palette
If you have watercolors or tempera paint lying around at home, go for it. A watercolor palette alone is just beautiful to look at. Best of all, a cake watercolor palette is dry until activated by water!  So if your a little nervous, give your little one a dry brush and dry palette to play with before adding water.

ADVENTUROUS:  Try something new?
I love liquid watercolor. If you are afraid of spills, keep a close eye on your child.. but liquid watercolor guarantees color every time the brush is dipped.

So what do you think? Share with me your painting experiences.  I'd love to hear them! 



just an art teacher who wants to create things with her daughter

Dear Friends,

This is still my photoblog but I starting new.  If you are interested in my old posts, here are my archives.  

I have been reflecting about what I share on my blog, and I tend to treat this blog as extended instagram posts.  I enjoy taking photos and sharing what I see, but I decided I wanted to showcase more creative projects.  I love exploring and creating things with my daughter and I want to better document our time and share some things we are doing together.  It isn't always easy for us to go out, so I am finding different ways to be creative at home.  Come along in our adventure of appreciating and creating art.  You will find my artwork and DIY projects, as well as things I do with Noël B.  Feel free to say hi or message me any thoughts, ideas, adventures you have with art and your little one.  I'd love to hear from you! 

Jaclyn Sue