DIY cloud paintings

baby swimsuit tutorial

color your summer 3 with delia creates and kojodesignsWe are thrilled to have liZ from Simple Simon and Co. (and Project Run and Play, AND Project Sewn with us today to share a WHITE project for Color Your Summer. Take it away liZ-

 Hey!  It’s liZ, one of the two Elizabeth’s, from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are happy to be part of Color Your Summer AND to have my current favorite color, white, for the second year in a row!
Last year we shared a tutorial to draft your own girls drawstring pants so this year we decided to do something a little different and share a summer art project.
It’s simple.  It’s easy.  It’s fun.  Oh, yea, and it’s white….mostly!

 This is a project that you can do inside or outside.  All you need is access to see the clouds in the sky, since this after all is going to be a painting of the clouds.

So, once you’ve found your cloud viewing location gather your supplies:

Now look at the clouds very carefully.  Are they long and thin or fat and fluffy?  Are there many clouds or just a few?
Next start to draw what you can see.  Use a white crayon to draw the clouds on your white paper.
(It might be a little tricky—and silly if you’re 4—to see the crayon on the paper but you can do it!)
When drawing press hard…and remember not to just draw the outline of the clouds, color them in all white to!
After you have your clouds just the way you want them paint over the top of the entire page with the blue sky color of your choice.
(Just use regular, plain, old water colors…the kind you can get at the store for like $2.)
As you paint you will see something magic start to happen.  The blue paint will cover you paper but won’t stick to your clouds…and within minutes all the clouds that you drew with your white crayon will magically appear!
And if you are 8, like my son is, you will be more interested in why the wax of the crayon will repel the water and that will lead to further experimentation.  (Which will be fun to.)
And, of course, you will be more interested in drawing all the different types of clouds (see the cumulus cloud below) instead of what you actually observe in the sky.  (Which is ok to—there is no “right way” in art…especially if you are a “scientist” and not an “artist”.)
However, if you are 4 you won’t care about any of that.
You will do your best to draw the clouds how you see them and then just be amazed when you paint the sky on top of them.
It’s fun.  It’s easy.  It’s entertaining.  It’s white.  And it’s almost educational!
Who could ask for anything more?
(And…in a few months when the snow is falling you can do it all over again…just change the clouds to be snowflakes or snowmen and you’ve got a brand new project to keep everyone happy on a stormy day!)
Thanks for inviting us over to play today Kojo!
(And if you want to see another simple art project just head over to Simple Simon and Company to see what we’ve got going on today.)
-liZ
color your summer guest- simple simon and coLove the Simple Simon girls! Between their fabulous patterns (love this vintage sundress one), their current quilt along, this fabulous (and fabulously easy) caftan tutorial, their famous Starboard skirt, and one of my favorite series in all of blog land (Skirting the Issue), their blog is the perfect place to spend some time meandering around.
baby swimsuit tutorialAnd be sure to check out delia creates for more Color Your Summer goodness (of the baby swimsuit variety!)

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