Ocean Water Color Canvas Art by Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

May 20, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Sea Horse The Shyest Fish in the Sea by Chris Butterworth
  • Step-by-Step Ocean Canvas Painting by Children.

Sea Horse Book GIVEAWAY

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Sea Horse The Shyest Fish in the Sea by Chris Butterworth

Why we love this book:

In the last few years, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of nonfiction books available for children. Sea Horse The Shyest Fish in the Sea is a nonfiction book that has the look of  beautifully illustrated children’s literature. When the artwork on the cover of this book first grabbed my attention, I was expecting a story book. The watery textured background is layered with vinyl engravings of delicate plants, coral, seahorses and other sea animals. The muted hues of ocean blues, greens, oranges and reds take you right down into the sea. Love, love, love these uniquely artistic illustrations!

South Padre Island Sealife Center

I find sea horses to be one of the most enchanting animals in the ocean. They truly look like mythical creatures. We were lucky to observe these little guys at the South Padre Island Dolphin Research and Sealife Center. (I’ll share more about this great educational center in next few weeks!) Sea Horse The Shyest Fish in the Sea is a wonderful combination of engaging artwork and nonfiction information. The author, Chris Butterworth, writes a narrative that shares how the seahorse moves, eats and reproduces. I know reproduction stories sometimes send parents running in the other direction. Breathe deep, the sea horses are described as dancing until sunset. The illustrations do show the female putting the eggs into the male pouch. Actually, a very interesting fact! If you read this book, I bet you learn a few sea horse facts!

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

Ocean Canvas Art by Children

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

Supplies

  • Ocean Books with Watery Illustrations
    • Sea Horse The Shyest Fish in the Sea by Chris Butterworth
    • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • White Canvas: I bought 2 in a pack at Hobby Lobby ($6.99 minus 40% discount)
    • 20″ x 16″, almost 1″ thick
  • Acrylic Paints hues of blue, green, purple
  • Paint Brushes

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

Painting Tip

  • We use the plastic lids off of yogurt and butter containers.
  • The kids use as many as they like and if too messy for clean-up, we simply toss them in the recycle.

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

Step 1: Mix the Paint

  • The trick is to water down the paints! Then add more water!

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

Step 2: Paint Canvas with Watery Designs

Track Painting Technique

  • The children created their own designs using coordinating colors.
  • MacGyver calls this painting technique Track Painting.
  • He begins by making a watery circle of paint.
  • Next, he tilts the canvas this way and that, running the paint all over the canvas.
  • Interesting, as he adds more watery colors and tilts the canvas, the paints find an existing “track” of paint to travel.
  • As the paint travels along a track, the paints mix, creating new watery colors.

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

  • Next, he tilts the canvas this way and that, running the paint all over the canvas.
  • Interesting, as he adds more watery colors and tilts the canvas, the paints find an existing “track” of paint to travel.
  • As the paint travels along a track, the paints mix creating new watery colors.

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

Ocean Canvas Track Painting by MacGyver, age 9

Viola, modern art painting of the ocean uniquely envisioned  by a 9-year-old boy! Love, love, love!

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

Ocean Canvas Layer Painting by Miss Enigma, age 6

Layer Painting Technique

  • Miss Enigma began by painting a watery background.
  • Muted, very watery colors gently painted throughout the background with a large paint brush.
  • She also titled the canvas to spread the paint. However, a much more subtle look than her brother.
  • Let the first layer dry.
  • For the second layer, Miss Enigma used a bit of the Track Painting technique invented by her brother.
  • She also blew air on large circles of paint creating abstract jellyfish!

Children expressing themselves, making unique works of art . . . makes my heart smile!

Water Color Canvas Art by Children

 My Mother’s Day Gift!

After the kiddos made their Hand Print Canvases for their Grandmas, I knew exactly what I wanted for Mother’s Day. I have a serious addiction . . . it’s called the beach. There is nothing more peaceful to me than the ocean. After reading our watery ocean books, I simply instructed the children that I wanted them to paint canvases of  ocean water for my bedroom. No sea creatures, no embellishments, just their vision of ocean water. They knew I wanted peaceful paintings to hang in my bedroom. (Yes, it’s Daddy’s bedroom too, but these are MY paintings!)

I’ve already hung the paintings and I stop to admire them each time I enter and exit the room. I’m ready to disappear into the deep, peaceful waters! The overcast day photos of their paintings do not do them justice. Trust this Mommy, they are gorgeous! And believe me, I’m not one bit biased!

Sea Horse Book GIVEAWAY

We’re GIVING AWAY one Hardcover copy of Sea Horse The Shyest Fish in the Sea by Chris Butterworth

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your peaceful addiction? What tells you, “Relax, soak up the beauty of life!”  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Thursday, May 23, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, May 24, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianne May 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I find sticking my hands into a lump of clay on the pottery wheel and allowing it to transform itself into a pot extremely relaxing. It’s a Zen thing.

Robin May 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I find my peace sitting on my favorite beach, watching the gentle waves…listening to the sea breeze whistling through the pines…

Tiffany May 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I find peace in the garden or a good book.

Julie May 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

What a beautiful book. Walks on the beach are my peaceful addiction, though I only get to do so once a year.

Ellie May 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Taking time to focus on and slow down my breathing. I feel more centered and relaxed when I do this.

Three cheers for highlighting a non-fiction children’s book on your blog! We like the non-fiction books written and illustrated by Jason Chen.

PS We are really enjoying the book “Hug”!

Jeannine May 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

These are a few of my favorite things . . . digging in the garden, reading books and walks on the beach!

Ellie, I have to work on the slow breathing a bit!

colleen May 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

Love to sit quietly, and just be in the moment.

Jamie May 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I like to sing but not too loud as I’m tone deaf. I especially love singing in the shower! I also like to take a long walk whenever I can.

Krystal D May 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I have four little girls so I like to sit outside with them and read my book while they play.

Jeannine May 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

You go for it Jamie! I like singing too . . . My kids have to listen to me belt it out in the car!

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