I love painting with my little girl. We love exploring different techniques, canvases and tools to paint with. Forks are a great painting tool and we were just thrilled with how these fork painted spring meadow landscapes came out.
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When working on painting projects with my 6 year old, I usually cut the paper in half. I find that working with my youngster that it is better to work with smaller canvases, as she can lose interest if the project is too big. It also extends the life of my watercolor paper. This is probably not necessary with older children.
Paint the top 1/3 or 1/4 of your paper in the color of a sky. Paint the bottom in a light shade of green. Use plenty of paint and keep your paint wet.
Scrape the wet paint with the fork. Drag the fork in short or long strokes to form blades of grass.
Dip your fork into a darker shade of green and stamp and scrape the darker shade of green over the lighter shade. Keep stamping and scraping your fork across the paper until you are happy with the look of your grassy meadow. Once you have completed this step, you can leave it as is or add to your sky and your meadow.
For our first meadow, we just added a few simple flowers. We dotted the meadow in yellow.
Then we used a skinny paint brush to paint white petals around just a few of the yellow dots.
We made meadows with colorful flowers, mountains and trees.
My little girl really enjoyed this one. She put a lot of thought into her landscape and added a large sunset behind her mountain and even painted a little bunny in her meadow.
She finished her meadow right before bed and told me that she wanted to make more the next day.
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