Watercolour dabbling templates

We LOVE using Templates.  I have quite a big collection of templates that we have printed and cut out (we always print ours out on cards just because we use them so often).  I love using templates because it encourage the kids to get involved even if they cannot draw the shape they want free hand.  And when you use templates the kids practice tracing around the shapes (which for younger ones takes some practice as they have to keep the template still while they trace) and they get to practice cutting out all kinds of shapes.  I also always remember being told that using stencils is a great way for kids to engage both hands – in other words that non-dominate hand has to work together with the dominate hand – and I always think the same thing applies with templates – they are actively using both hands. Plus using a template is always a fun excuse to do some experimental art.

Tracing around templates

We recently bought some new tube watercolours – we normally stick to a set of block watercolours so the kids were a bit excited about this new form of watercolours and wanted to play around.  I suggested we get the pipettes out – thinking we could use them to create some coloured patters on paper.  Total idea fail !! But my youngest had a blast with the pipettes, mixing all types of colours and creating what I can only describe as a watercolour pool.

My oldest liked the idea of creating some colour patterns so we got out our old trusty paint dabbers and used those instead.  It allowed the  watercolours to mix together on the page but restricted all the excess water that using the pipettes seemed to result in and after my son got tired of his watercolour pool he also joined in.

Using watercolour and paint dabbers to get colourful paper for art projects

We did get some nice coloured pages.

Creating colourful paper to use in art projects with our watercolours and paint dabbers

Just to compare I later used our acrylic paints to see if I could get the same result – the colours were bright and bold but I thought the watercolours allows more colour mixing and blending. In the photo below the page on the left is watercolours and the page on the right is with acrylic paints.

Watercolour with dabbers verses acrylic paint with dabbers

We let our pages dry properly and then the kids selected some templates and all the tracing and cutting started.

tracing around the templates to create some colourful pictures

And I must admit that using the templates really ended up being an excellent cutting skills session for my son.  He tried to cut out some detailed shapes that he probably would  not normally have attempted and did surprisingly well.  In fact after getting one more difficult shape cut out, he was so chuffed that he purposely went to look for a harder template to trace and cut just to see if he could manage.

And some of the end results

Watercolour Swallows created by children using a template from Activity Village

Fun Easy Template Art for children. cats made using watercolours and templates

Spider Template Art Activity using watercolour paints and an Activity Village template

Kids bat picture made using Activity Village templates

Template Tree picture using paint dabbers and a tree template from Activity Village

In this one we actually used the teardrop tree template but just cut off the trunk (my daughter thought that way it would look like petals) and then created a flower.

Teardrop tree template from Activity Village used to create a flower picture

The Templates that we used are from Activity Village (part of their membership which I think is around £15 for 12 months).  They have a massive selection of templates so I will attach the individual links below

Animal Templates from Activity Village. Wide range including birds, cats, insects

The paint dabbers that we used are these ones 12 Paint Dabbers

If you like our template art you might also like our Spider Art

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Easy Art Activity for kids.  Watercolour plus templates.  Fun and easy to do at home.  Templates from Activity Village

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Home educating family based in the UK. We try to make learning fun
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2 Responses to Watercolour dabbling templates

  1. another mom says:

    Soooo lovely children….have enjoyed all the beautiful art you produce


  2. Camie says:

    I love templates, too! These are fun!


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