Drippy, Splashy Watercolor Process Art

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squirting paint- process watercolor painting • Artchoo.com


Process art is not something we do a lot of here, so I was intrigued and excited to join some other bloggers in experimenting with process art in a certain theme and posting about it on the same day. (See the links to everyone else’s experiences at the bottom.)

I bought some liquid watercolors recently and have played with them a bit, but I wanted to let Fen play with these in a way you really can’t with solid watercolors: by dripping and splattering them. Yes, our fingers are both still stained, and yes, I had to clean up lots of watercolor from our floor.

First I laid out a giant piece of foam core board. I suppose if you have a big, shallow plastic container this would eliminate a lot of the floor cleanup…

watercolor setup


I placed different types of paper all over the top of the foam core, and let Fen drip and splatter squeeze bottles of watercolor paint on them.

We used red, blue, yellow and purple, and purple was by far the most concentrated. I did about a 1:1 ratio of paint to water for the other colors, but more like 2:1 for the purple.

Fen played around with dots-drawing and tilting the paper to get the watercolor to travel along the surface.

watercolor process art • Artchoo.com


painting with squeeze bottles • Artchoo.com

experimenting with liquid watercolors • Artchoo.com

After she had most of the papers covered, I gave her a small bottle of 70% alcohol and she dripped that on areas of the watercolor to see how the color breaks up where the alcohol hits it.

alcohol and watercolors • Artchoo.com


Since it was process art, when she asked if she could display these in her room, I strictly forbade it and lectured her about just being in the moment. (Just kidding, they’re drying now and then she’s going to hang them all over her walls with fun-tak.)

This was a blast, and the great thing about process art at the elementary age is that it takes all the pressure off of the kid trying to make a perfect finished piece. It simply gets them experimenting and playing around and enjoying the process, and these techniques get tucked away in their brains for later watercolor projects.

Process art for kids - watercolor • Artchoo.com

They’re also a great warm-up exercise if you wanted to start with a short, quick process art session to get your kids familiar with how a certain medium handles.

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Please visit the other bloggers who are posting about watercolor process art. They are:

Texture on watercolor projects from Blog Me Mom

Erupting Watercolor Absorption Art from Learn Play Imagine

Spring Watercolor Flower Art for Toddlers from Meri Cherry

Exploring Absorption with Watercolors on a Texture Board from Fun at Home with Kids

Pour Painting with Watercolors from Housing a Forest



  1. 02/24/2014 / 3:59 pm

    Gorgeous! I love that you had her drip on the alcohol to see where it went.

    • 02/25/2014 / 2:07 pm

      That was sort of a last-minute idea, but I love what alcohol does to watercolor!

  2. 02/24/2014 / 5:11 pm

    What a great site.I love this Jackson Pollock way to experimenting with water color — much more forgiving than acrylic and oil! Thanks for sharing.

    • 02/25/2014 / 2:06 pm

      Can you imagine sloshing oil around all over the place? Ha!

  3. 02/25/2014 / 3:31 pm

    Love it! It looks so fun AND it comes out so beautifully!!

  4. 03/02/2014 / 2:32 pm

    Looks like so much fun. I love the alcohol effects! I could imagine throwing some salt in some of those awesome colors and seeing what happens. Love the bright colors!

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