It's no secret we dig watercolors around here. To such an extent, I was getting a bit tired of setting up all the necessary paraphernalia each and every time a watercoloring whim struck someone. Then one day, while reading this inspiring post over at Bonny Glen, I had an idea.
Why not take Lissa's idea of having watercolors at the ready, and combine it with the notion of a nice, compact watercolor travel kit. Now I am very aware that this is not a new idea and is done by many. But ours are not really "travel kits", so to speak (though of course they are perfect for painting on the go also!), but more like every day individual kits to foster more artistic independence around the house.
These little kits have really made watercoloring something all the kids can do on their own with minimal mess and clean up. Even the four year old takes out her own little set, mists her colors to wet them and begins painting either with a small container of water or or a waterbrush.
Anna's Mini-Kit (Because she loves all things mini. :))
Speaking of waterbrushes, I originally bought a couple for myself, but as it turned out they are fantastic at keeping the water-mess to a minimum for the 4 and 7 year olds. Also, after our initial sets of cheap dollar store paints were used up (in no time flat), I followed the suggestion of Lori from Camp Creek and upgraded to Prang sets for the younger kids. These are great (and for less than $4 a set!) and even come with a white segmented lid so that they can mix colors just like mom.
Anna's Full Kit
All of each kid's supplies (except their watercolor journals) fit neatly into a 97 cent zippered pencil case for easy storage at home and a quick grab for travel. So easy and organized!
File this under 'why on Earth did I not think of this before'. :)