Spotlight on Watercolors

Blue and purple lines on paper

Liquid watercolors. Photograph by Paula Santos

Family Programs has been using liquid watercolors in our workshops for the Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction exhibition and they have been quite a hit! They are a great material to have fun with on a rainy day. Each small bottle packs a rich, dense color. The paint allows you to mix colors easily, move the color around the paper, and make colors darker or lighter.

We recommend that you pour a small amount of watercolor into a small paper cup or onto a palette. A little goes a long way. We also suggest that you have a container of water to dilute the color for subtle washes here and there. The water can be used for cleaning your brushes too. Using different-size brushes to paint large areas or fill in small details. Try it at home!

Find the liquid watercolors and other art supplies on our Resources page.

By Paula Santos