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Watercolor Silhouette Landscapes

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We have just returned from a wonderful two-week family vacation in Montana. While we were there, we visited the national parks and enjoyed a few scenic hikes with the Rocky mountains as our backdrop. The landscapes that we saw were breathtaking to say the least. Our recent trip inspired us to create a mountain landscape. Then our mountains inspired us to make a couple more. These watercolor silhouettes are perfect for toddlers to teens. Use the printable silhouette templates or create a silhouette of your own.
Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat sunset scenes. Kid's arts and crafts*This post contains affiliate links*

What you will need:

Watercolor paper or canvas

Watercolors

Black construction paper

Glue stick

Optional: Printable templates (see bottom of post)

Directions:

Print out a silhouette or draw one of your own. Cut it out on a piece of black construction paper. You may have to do this step for smaller children.

In some cases, your watercolor paper or canvas might be larger or smaller than the print-out, cut a little extra for your silhouette or shorten it, if needed.
 

 Use watercolors and paint a sunset backdrop onto a piece of watercolor paper or onto a canvas. We used reds, oranges, yellows, purples and grays for ours. Paint the whole paper or canvas. Paint long lines, swirls, blocks of color or just blend colors. When you are finished. Let the paint dry.Glue the silhouette over the watercolor painted backdrop and admire the beautiful sunset that it creates against the black cut-out.Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for toddlers, preschoolers and kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat scenes. Kid's arts and crafts

My daughter asked for markers and then added more details to her beautiful sky.


She enjoyed her mountain silhouette so much, that we did a few more. We made a cactus silhouette, a sailboat and pulled out an old lighthouse printable as well.

I loved how all of them came out, but was especially in love with the big blocks of color she used with her cactus painting. Isn’t this gorgeous? Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat sunset scenes. Kid's arts and craftsWatercolor silhouette landscape paintings for toddlers, preschoolers and kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat scenes. Kid's arts and crafts

This is a wonderful project for all ages. The older kids may enjoy creating their own silhouettes, but we have included a few printable templates for your convenience.

Mountain Printable

Cactus Printable

Sailboat Printable

Lighthouse Silhouette

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Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat sunset scenes. Kid's arts and crafts

CD Case Artwork For Kids

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CD cases are perfect for making and showcasing artwork.

Just a few days ago, we experimented with printmaking using CDs.  It was a wonderful activity that both my daughter and I enjoyed. The paint on our prints had not even finished drying yet, before my daughter was asking what we could do with the CD cases. Since CD cases make wonderful frames with their clear plastic covers, we played around with different CD case artwork to showcase. Here were our favorites.
Turn an old CD case into something fun. CD Case artwork for kids. Make suncatchers or beautiful nature art with black glue. Arts and crafts with recyclables for kids.

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Nature Hearts Art

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If you heart nature and nature crafts like we do, you will surely love these gorgeous nature hearts.

My daughter and I love the outdoors. Being outside is therapy for the mind and for the body. Nothing brings me greater joy than watching my little girl running, playing and splashing outside. There is one thing that we love almost as much as being out in the nature and that is making nature crafts. In fact, we cannot go on a hike or walk without my daughter gathering rocks or acorns or pine cones for arts and craft projects. She has nature collections scattered everywhere. What better way for us to show our love for nature than with these beautiful nature hearts?
I heart nature. Nature heart art. Summer arts and crafts projects for preschoolers & kids. Use leaves, flowers, bark, twigs and sticks

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40 Fun Fantastic Yarn Crafts

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We love yarn. Sure, it is great for knitting and crocheting, but it can be used for so much more. There are many wonderful arts, crafts and activities that you can make using yarn. It is perfect for teaching sewing to beginners, for working on fine motor skills, for creating fun and unique craft projects and even making lovely pieces of process art. Here are just a few of our favorite yarn crafts and activities.

40 Fun and fantastic yarn arts, crafts and activities for kids. Process art, sewing, craft ideas and activities to build fine motor skills. Great for preschoolers to big kids

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Paper Cup Pop-up Puppet

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Make your own easy pop-up puppet with readily available materials.

Do you remember those old cone pop-up puppets? I used to love them as a child and just knew that my daughter would love them too. Puppets are wonderful for the imagination and for pretend play. These pop-up puppets are easy to make and you should have most of the materials readily available.
Paper cup pop-up puppet craft. Arts and craft for kids. Pretend and imagination play - Dixie cup craft

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Baking Soda Eruption Prints

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Baking soda and colored vinegar eruptions have been one of our daughter’s favorite activities for years. What’s not to like? They’re fun. They’re fizzy and they’re colorful. They are so beautiful that we have even made a few art projects using the eruptions. For Valentine’s Day this year, we made Fizzing Heart Art. The fizzing hearts were such a hit, that we wanted to try it again. The plan was that we were going to make red, white and blue fizzing stars for the Fourth of July, but my daughter stumbled across an idea of her own. We have been doing a large number of printing projects lately, so my daughter turned our original project into these beautiful baking soda eruption prints.
Vinegar and baking soda eruption prints - science and art combine for this pretty process art. Messy painting, arts and crafts for kids

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Wax Paper Leaf Prints

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These wax paper leaf prints combine two things that we love, nature and printmaking.

Leaves are fantastic for printmaking. There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from and the veins in the leaves create such lovely lines. We are lucky enough to live in a wooded area, surrounded by such beautiful nature.  We have unlimited art inspiration and free craft materials at our fingertips. My daughter and I walked around our yard and gathered different sizes and shapes of leaves for our printmaking project. We looked for interesting shapes with more prominent veins, as they make the best prints. Once we gathered all of our supplies, we were ready to make our wax paper leaf prints. Here’s how.

Leaf Nature prints on wax paper - printmaking ideas for kids. spring & summer arts & crafts projects

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Straw Blown Peacock Painting

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If your kids are peacock lovers like we are, you will love this pretty and fun painting project.

Our family took a trip to the zoo yesterday. We saw a lot of amazing animals during our visit, but my favorite of them all was the peacocks. I love peacocks. They are so majestic and beautiful. Seeing these amazing creatures inspired our latest project. We have made peacocks in the past. Last year. we made them by painting with bleeding tissue paper. This time around we tried using the straw blowing method. Here’s how.
Straw Blown Peacock Painting - fun kid's arts and crafts projects. Blow painting is great for preschool and kindergarten

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Tin Foil Paint Printing For Kids

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Tin foil printing is a fun and simple process that is perfect for toddlers to teens.

We love trying our hands at different printmaking methods. Tin foil printing is an old favorite of ours. It is a great process for kids of all ages and it is a wonderful introduction for those who have never tried printmaking before. Whether your child is still finger painting or a pro at wielding a paint brush, this printmaking technique is a ton of fun and couldn’t be easier. Here is how…

Tin Foil Printing - easy process art and print project for kids, toddlers and preschoolers

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