Two-Day Paintings

The Two-Day Painting activity uses your painting and drawing skills -- when it's done, you can show off your many talents.

You have to color outside the lines first, but don't worry; you can add in lines later to define your masterpiece. This paint craft takes more time than others, but the finished product is worth it.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Watercolor paper
  • Markers

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Use watercolor paints to paint the background of a scene, such as a sunset beach or desert dunes, on watercolor paper. For the sunset beach, paint brown sand, blue water, and an orange-yellow sun setting on the horizon.

Step 3: Blend your colors, and let the paint dry. The next day, draw over the dry painting with markers to create sharp edges and lines. Add the silhouettes of palm trees on the beach or yucca, cactus, and roadrunners to your desert.

You can also create a still life painting using this technique. Try painting a bowl of fruit in washes of color without adding any detail -- just use splashes of purple for grapes, red for apples, and yellow for bananas. Wash in a background too. The next day, draw in the shapes of the fruit and the bowl.

If you're interested in another paint craft with a lot of character (but a very different look), try the Scratch Board activity on the next page.