These painted pictures are only partly done by the artist... you can draw a picture or not, then just put on a few bits of watercolor paints, and place your picture out in the rain! What will nature create for you?

4 - 9
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. pancake watercolors (the kind in the box)
  2. paper
  3. rain
  4. mortar and pestle (optional)
  1. The mortar and pestle is optional--use scissors or a stone to cut and mash up bits of paints if you like.

  2. When I came up with the idea for this craft a few years ago, we didn't make pictures, just used bits of paint. This time we thought a scene would be fun, so we drew pictures first, using watercolor pencils (you could use colored pencils, if you like.)

  3. "It's just right!" says Madeleine.

  4. Madeleine loved learning how to use the mortar and pestle! Quite proud of herself, she was.

  5. Onto trays went our papers, then the paint powder and bits went on just so.

  6. Finally, they were set out in the rain--being checked upon several times a minute, of course! (That's the fun part--watching the art form and change.) Hooray for rainy days! After careful watching, bring them in and let them dry, when you think your art is just right!