Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chinese New Year Pig Watercolor Paintings

Did you know that this Chinese New Year is the year of the pig?  A couple of nights ago my boys and I began making our annual Chinese New Year Crafts together.  One of my good friends is an art teacher and she painted some lovely pigs with her students.  I loved her idea so much that I wanted to try the activity out with my two boys too.  (Thanks, Alicia for the awesome idea!!!!)

Tada!  We all had fun trying our hand at painting some watercolor pigs for Chinese New Year!

Painting Watercolor Pigs for Chinese New Year!

(Can you guess which one my preschooler painted?  He fully enjoyed himself and got immensely messy!)


Chinese New Year Pig Watercolor Paintings- Such a fun art project to try with kids of all ages!

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Let's Paint Watercolor Pigs for Chinese New Year with kids!

1.  We searched online for images of painted watercolor pigs.  

Note:  The pig designs were definitely not our own.  We tried our hand at copying this cute watercolor piggy from Zenbrushthis cute mama pig and babies from Zenbrush, and this lovely pig from hereI particularly liked Zenbrush's art because the lines were easier to copy.  But I also liked the 3rd pig because of all the gorgeous shades of black.

2.  We used the black from these liquid watercolors and cheapo kids watercolor paper from Michaels to paint because that's what we had on hand.

Note:  As you can see, our results were definitely not as dark and brilliant as Zenbrush's!  I suspect that Zenbrush used Sumi Ink and Asian watercolor papers to get that lovely result.   I had some Sumi ink on hand that my older son played around with, but I didn't want my preschooler getting into it. 

Chinese New Year Pig Watercolor Paintings- Such a fun art project to try with kids of all ages!

My eldest and I both tried our hands at adding shading, but that's definitely when we struggled with the liquid watercolors.  (If anyone out there has any suggestions for improving that, let me know! )

We also practiced writing the word for 'pig.'


Chinese New Year Pig Watercolor Paintings- Such a fun art project to try with kids of all ages!



3.  Once everything dried, I just taped our art to red construction paper to make it look a bit more polished.

And that's it!

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Happy Lunar New Year and happy making, friends!


Chinese New Year Pig Watercolor Paintings- Such a fun art project to try with kids of all ages!



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