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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

Black Glue Watercolor Seashells

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Have you ever tried black glue art? It is a glorious technique with bold and eye-popping results.  This process is perfect for preschoolers to adults. There are endless possibilities. Create something funky and abstract or choose your favorite subject or theme and just go with it. If you are looking for a little inspiration, here is a tutorial on black glue seashells, as well as a wonderful collection of ocean inspired black glue projects. Enjoy!

Printable Black Glue and Watercolor Seashells. Black glue is a beautiful technique with gorgeous results. Sea shell and ocean art. Summer arts and crafts for kids

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Yarn Art With Watercolors

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These yarn art pieces are inspired by the book ‘Art & Max’.

We love finding inspiration for arts and craft projects from the books that we read. One of our new favorites is Art & Max(affiliate link). It is a wonderful book about two lizards. One is an artist and the other is an aspiring artist. When Arthur (Art) suggests that Max paint him, things quickly get colorful and then begin to slowly unravel. The lines and the colors in the book inspired these yarn art creations.
Inspired by the book 'Art & Max'. Yarn art and watercolor painting. Arts and crafts projects for kids.

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Nature and Watercolors

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Nature and watercolors combine to make a beautiful and fun piece of process art.

With the warmer weather here, we have been playing outdoors a lot more. All of this outdoor play means our nature boxes are filling up with great supplies for art projects and crafts. We gather and collect nature items all of the time and set them aside in boxes. It is fun to find different shaped leaves, rocks and cool looking plants. My five year old loves to glue nature items to paper to make collages. That is where we found inspiration for this nature and watercolors project.Nature and watercolor paints art collage for kids. A pretty and fun piece of process art for the preschoolers and kids. This is a great spring and summer arts and craft project

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Watercolor and Sharpie Shamrocks

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All you need for these simple watercolor and Sharpie shamrocks is watercolors, a paint brush and a Sharpie.

We had ourselves quite a shamrock filled art day yesterday. Being the big bleeding tissue art fan that I am, I made some bleeding tissue paper painted shamrocks  for St. Patrick’s Day. My daughter began the project with me, but then chose a different direction. The end result is these easy and lovely watercolor and Sharpie shamrocks.

Watercolor and Sharpie shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. Simple kid's arts & crafts, painting projects. Great for preschoolers too.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Sea Star

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Sea Star. How beautiful and glittery you are.

There is nothing quite as wonderful as watching your children create. It is a fascinating and beautiful thing. My little girl and I spend a lot of time creating together, but my favorite projects are the ones that she comes up with on her own. This lovely sea star was one of her ideas and she was so eager to share it with me.Glitter Sea Star on watercolor paints. Use salt for an additional effect. Under the sea arts and crafts projects for kids and preschoolers. Twinkle, twinkle, little sea star underwater painting

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Make, Explore, Paint Rainbows

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Science and art combine in this amazing and simple rainbow experiment. The kids will love to make, explore and paint rainbows.Make, explore and paint rainbows. Use a CD and sunlight or a flashlight to cast rainbows, study and paint with watercolors or color with markers or crayons. A great piece of process art for kids. Art and science, STEAM projects for preschoolers.

The other day, my daughter picked up a CD and was fascinated by the rainbows that formed on it when she moved it around. We held it under the light and moved it all around and admired the bursts of color. The colors were so beautiful. We wanted more and had an idea to try to paint our rainbows.

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Mixed Media Penguin Art

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My daughter’s favorite movie is Madagascar. She is in love with the little penguins, especially Private. We had movie night this weekend and while in the middle of the movie, she jumped up and said, “Mama, what if we make penguins.”

Mixed media penguin art. Winter and Christmas arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Watercolor painting, newspaper and construction paper shapes

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We couldn’t decide whether we wanted to paint or make our penguin with shapes, so we did both and opted for a mixed media project.

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Chalk Watercolor Painting

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Chalk Watercolor Paintings - easy & beautiful art for kids - rainbow arts & crafts for children.

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It has been a beautiful summer so far. We have spent a lot of time enjoying the wonderful weather and playing outdoors. We swim in the pool on hot days and practice playing Wiffle ball, but my daughter’s favorite outdoor activity is making art with sidewalk chalk. She can’t get enough of it. We have buckets of it & believe me, it does not go to waste.

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Since she loves using it so much outdoors, we tried making some art with it indoors as well and we found that it is just as much fun inside as out.

Our project was simple. We used the chalk to draw on watercolor paper.  My daughter chose to make a rainbow & I made a sunset.

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When our chalk drawings were finished, we used water & a paintbrush and painted over our chalk drawings following the lines of our drawing.

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The water on the chalk had a lovely effect & looked like watercolors.

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My daughter actually got pretty excited painting over each color and watching the colors change & blend. She made me watch as she ran her paint brush over every layer of her rainbow.

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I had fun watching my painting take form as well. This is a perfect rainy day activity when we can’t hit the sidewalk.

Chalk Watercolor Paintings for kids - easy arts & craft projects for children

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Glittery Cardboard & Watercolor Flowers

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I adore my daughter’s creativity. We have been doing arts and crafts together for a very long time & I have watched her creativity soar. This next craft was all a product of my little girl’s crafty little mind. I loved it so much that I had to share.

Glittery cardboard flower over watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids.

We use a lot of cardboard for arts & crafts projects and have tons of scrap pieces. She grabbed one of the pieces of cardboard and drew a flower on it. She asked me if I could cut it out for her. I cut it out and she quickly ran & got a glue stick and a piece of paper. She glued her cardboard flower to the paper. She grabbed a bottle of squeeze glue and glitter and spread the glue & glitter over her flower.

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She painted her paper in watercolors & explained to me that it was a magical fairy flower.

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She added some more glue & glitter.

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I loved her finished project. It really did look magical.

Glittery cardboard flower on watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for the kids

She inspired me to make one of my own.

Glittery cardboard flower on watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids

Glittery cardboard flower over watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids..

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