Saturday, October 17, 2015

First grade wet on wet watercolor flower scenes

First Grade Water Color Flowers

First graders used a wet on wet technique with water colors to create the soft color effect on these paintings.  The following week students used Sharpie marker to define and enhance the flowers. 


  1. Hi, these are beautiful! How large was the paper? And did they use pencils before sharpie? Any details on the steps they took would be appreciated. I've got tons of fake flowers for the kids to observe, draw, and paint.

  2. Hi Andrea,
    We actually did these for an Original Works fundraiser, so we needed to use the paper they sent, which I believe was 9 X 12. We did a wet on wet technique, meaning we wet the paper with water first and then students painted circles and added other circles around them. I encouraged them to use neighbors on the color wheel as those mix the best and the paints will definitely mix because the paper is wet. Lastly, they filled in the negative space with blue or green or their choice of background. If I remember correctly, we used Crayola water colors. The pretty bleeding effect is due to the wet on wet.

    The following week, I gave kiddos inspiration pages with simple black line drawings of flowers to help them get an idea of how they might go about it. I did show them how to use the painted areas of color to use as flower centers and how to pick up the marker as soon as they bumped into another flower to create space and make things overlap. I also explained how the stems could be continued on the other side of a different flower or stem. They picked this up way quicker than I anticipated. I was very pleasantly surprised.

    The inspiration pages I used were from a google image search. I don't have the links anymore, but found some that would work just as well.

    I gave them three pages with different types of flowers. I didn't have them use pencil first. Some choose to practice on scrap paper first, but I believe most just jumped in with Sharpies.

    I hope this helps. Thanks for checking out my blog. Have sort of taken a hiatus from posting, and am feeling more inspired to get back to it now. Thanks! I would love to know how it goes. :)

  3. I forgot to mention- I also encouraged kiddos to have some of their flowers go off the page.