To honor my dear mother on her birthday, and at least post a photo of a birthday card that was made on time, my daughter and I sat down for a little introduction to painting backgrounds with water color. And we quickly realized that painting with water colors to produce those lovely etherial paintings that we love is really quite difficult! Nonetheless, the point here was to make a birthday card for Bubby, and now we know that some actual lessons in using watercolors would be a great idea! (I've always dreamt of making tiny beautiful landscape watercolor paintings, on travels near and far. Sigh.)
First we made a background of circles with watercolor paints and lots of water, and then we drew flowers over the circular splotches with a permanent marker. (Do find a finer permanent marker than the one we used for best results.) The nicest one was the one in which my daughter left space for stems, and so she chose that one to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUBBY!
While we generally try to think of our own ideas, sometimes you just gotta copy that great idea someone else has put out there! That said, this craft was directly inspired by a post that I saw on Bloesem Kids.