Make Your Own Paint With Water Pages

by Alissa Marquess on June 4, 2013

(Originally Published May, 2011)

Watercolor fun you can take with you!  I’m so excited about this simple little idea!  These homemade just-add-water paint pages make it easy to say “yes” to painting, and we can take them on hikes or picnics!  All you need is some  watercolor paper and tubes of watercolor paint.

DIY Paint with Water Pages


To make these watercolor pages I used KOI Watercolors (affiliate) but any liquid water colors will do, those are just what I had on hand.  I found this set of watercolor tubes from Reeves (affilaite) that has decent reviews and costs a fraction of what the KOI ones cost, probably a better choice if you’re just giving this type of paint a try for the first time.

I just opened the tube of paint and put a little dot of each color on the pages. Then let the paint sit to dry.

After a couple hours the dots had hardened up nicely.  Yesterday afternoon we gave them a try and we were delighted at how well they worked!

Well, disclaimer: James and I were delighted.  Leland (3) kept painting with them and yet, kept  saying whining, “It’s not wooooorking.”  I am guessing he was just hoping for more of the goopy painting experience he’s used to.

But *most* of those present thought it worked quite well.

Here are a few of the cards we made yesterday (including the lower left one that Leland made against all odds ;)).

More possibilities-

  • Put some ready-to-paint dots in your art journal or  I made some ready to paint pages for this week’s garden journal.
  • Draw a line or letter in permanent marker as a painting start.
  • Put your dots on other places on the page and see what that inspires.

Have fun painting! 
You might add watercolors to your Basic Art Kit – take a look to see what art supplies we keep together to make creative activities really simple to set up.
For more simple art ideas, see this list of 20+ Art Activities you can do with Just the Basics.

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