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by | May 5, 2020 | Art Supplies | 0 comments

I received my order of Colorations Liquid Watercolors this week and I am so excited! I absolutely love these paints and have been lost without them these past few months. Especially since we have been stuck at home so much lately.

I can’t wait to share so many awesome activities with you using these amazing watercolours but if you have never used these before, (or maybe never even heard of them before) here’s a quick look at what they are, how they work and why I love them!

This is not a sponsored post. The opinions stated are my own, based on my own personal experience. I just really want to share some of my favourite things with you. 🙂

I was first introduced to the world of liquid watercolours on one of my favourite art blogs: the artful parent. Jean Van’t Hul is a mom, writer and children’s art enabler and her blog, as well as her books, have been a huge resource during my own journey to share art with my children and part of what inspired me to create Start Some Art. She has so many great activities for kids and she uses liquid watercolours often. It was one of her activities that got me interested in trying them with my kids and we have been hooked ever since.

Most kids watercolours come in palettes which require your child to dip their brush in water first in order to activate the dry paint in the palette. This can be extremely tricky for little kids. It’s a tough concept for them to understand and takes a lot of practice to learn. Which brings me to the first thing I love about Liquid watercolours.

They are easy to use. Even for the littlest artists.

These colours come ready for painting, no mixing or activating required. Just dip your brush in and get to painting.

If you have ever used traditional watercolours you will have noticed they have a much softer colour. Which as an adult I love! But my kids not as much. One of the main reasons they love these so much more than our other watercolours is:

Vibrant colours.

At full strength, these colours are intensely vivid. As you can see in the picture above they are bright, saturated colours which are so much fun to create with.

You can also dilute these colours A LOT and still achieve beautiful colours, just a little softer than at their full strength. We almost always dilute them which brings me to my next favourite thing about them:

They last a really, really long time.

My first order was for 6 4-ounce bottles about 2.5 years ago. The order I received this week was my first refill!

You can also dilute these colours A LOT and still achieve beautiful colours, just a little softer than at their full strength. We almost always dilute them which brings me to my next favourite thing about them:

Washable.

Wash with soap and water to remove easily from your child’s hands or skin. Simply wipe with a damp rag to remove from tables, counters and other hards surfaces. As for clothing, check out the photos below.

The first photo shows all the colours painted onto a plain cotton tee at full strength. The second photo shows the same shirt washed on a warm/cold cycle with regular detergent. No pretreatment, stain remover or bleach was applied and already the colour stains are barely visible.

If you get some unwanted paint on clothing or fabric you should be able to remove it almost completely, especially if you add a stain remover of some kind to the process. My kids have a lot of stains on their clothes but none of them are from our art supplies. 😉

I am thankful we don’t have to worry about any allergies with our girls, but that is not the case for all parents. Serious allergies are stressful for both parents and children and should never prevent a child from experiencing the joy of art and creating.

Allergy safe.

Colorations creates art materials that are allergy safe including their watercolours which are free of latex, dairy, casein, egg, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and soy.

Since we like to create with lots of friends, this information gives me so much peace of mind and allows us to create with freedom knowing everyone can participate safely.

Ways to use Liquid Watercolours

You can use these amazing watercolours with brushes, droppers and bingo daubers for different effects. We also love putting them into spray bottles, misters or squirt guns.They are great for tinting glue, making vibrant coloured playdough, or dying sensory bin materials like rice or pasta. You will get such beautiful colours! If you are looking for a fun new art material to try out, I highly recommend you pick up some liquid watercolours. Colorations is my favourite brand, but it is not the only brand out there. Whatever brand you choose, these are a wonderful addition to any art space and open the doors to so many fun activities.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of our favourite activities to do with these watercolours including a super fun bathtime activity tomorrow! So stay tuned!

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