WHAT: Faber-Castell's Premium Children's Art Products incl: Connector Watercolor Paints, Do Art Watercolor Pencil Set, Clic and Go Brushes, Collapsible Water Cup
DOES: Can inspire your little one to learn the magic of watercolor and teach himself techniques!
INVEST: $6 to $15
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Flexibility is My Superpower
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Flexibility is My Superpower
GIVEAWAY PRIZE: You will get all four products being reviewed. How cool is that!?!
How often do you have your kids paint in your home? I feel that we don't paint often enough. I think it's because we fear mess. As the kids get older, we have less tolerance for mess (the paper towel kind). The mess we have now in our home looks like underwear, socks, and LEGOs on the floor.
But when they were little, we really liked them painting, didn't we? I bet you might have even had an easel for them! But poor older kids, we never buy them easels now. If you were like me, here is a post that may have you reconsidering the whole painting thing in your home. You really don't want to miss out.
Watercolor Is Not for Babies
|Scratchy the Cat in Watercolor Pencil and Paint. Ahem.. did anyone read my story in Quartz about Scratch? Every school should have it!|
|I guess watercolor can be really intense. This is by Winslow Homer: The Blue Boat Thanks: Wikimedia|
I still have memories of the days of finger-paint and tempera paint. So many colors but so watered down... and it was just everywhere. But now that my children are older and painting, one thing I am noticing is how neat they have become during "art time." I have also noticed them examining their supplies, staring intensely at their brushes and at the colors. I think they were trying to figure out what they would do before it hit the paper. That is a good thing!!!
Kids notice upgrading everywhere, your phone, your TV, even their toys are more sophisticated but what about their art supplies? You would think a 7 year old and 10 year old wouldn't notice that this watercolor was better than the one they used when they were in preschool but I knew they noticed. I could tell by the way they painted and what they painted.
|Look, a white shirt! I wasn't worried. They are older now! I thought he was going to paint a sun.|
|I think this became a mean looking parrot and lizard. I absolutely love this one.|
First of all, do not fear, this is really affordable. I know you have been to Staples and seen the kids' art supplies and then you walk a few feet further down the aisle and gasp- some of them are even locked up and cost five times more that the kids' stuff. To be sure, your kids don't need this kind of upgrade. Moreover they really don't need tons of colors with waterpaint. I think less can be more here.
What you need to support this process is some good paper - specifically for watercolor projects (I can't stress that enough), a good brush, and a cup of water. Luckily, I had gone to the Toy Fair and stopped by the Faber-Castell booth. I saw their paint, their collapsible paint cup and clic and go paintbrush I wanted to grab them and run off. It was the coolest thing ever but is it really affordable? Obviously, the answer is YES! I especially love that cup!
|Yes, if you run out of ONE color, you can just buy the one that you want- not a whole new box.|
|'Tis Collapsible!!!! And the ridges are excellent brush holders. So smart!|
|My son thought this was so cool. I like how it will save the brush shape.|
|Two things to see here: 1- the clear plastic palette allows you to make more mixed colors that match what you have already used on your paper. 2- I was struck when I realized that the red color of this set was not red-red but rather vermillion. I doubt this was an accident. I think the absence of regular red is refreshing here because kids choose red too much. They can try out vermillion which covers much of the Forbidden City in China and is the color frequently used by Titian.|
I also saw something really interesting happen with the Connector Watercolor Paints. Tester #2 was putting them on his hand! He has sensory issues and had always disliked finger paint but I guess good watercolor paint is OK? I guess so! Folks, if you have a sensory-over-responsive child who for some reason needs to be fingerpainting, consider watercolor paint instead. It will leave better marks and the more pressure they apply, the better it is for their sensory issues and for making the actual mark itself. AND... I suppose the texture is well.... less gross? Come to think of it, why is finger paint so custard-y? Either way, the kids had fun painting their hands.
|If you only knew how much he hates putting stuff on his hands but like I said: kids notice quality materials.|
|Putting pressure on the hand will likely help with yukky feelings for the sensitive. This guy totally did this on his own. I was floored. He is one of those people that runs to the sink when he has a smear of anything on his hands.|
Techniques Are Tools Too
What was really interesting to me about all these products was the respect for painting that it brought out of the kids. The little booklet that came in the Do Art Watercolor Pencil Kit was thin and compact but the pages were thick and glossy enough that if it met a little water or waterpaint, all would be well. I think that is a thoughtful gesture.
More importantly, the booklet gave you tips on how to watercolor. There are different techniques! Some using salt even! Who knew? This booklet gave just the right amount of information. It showed lots of techniques but didn't go too much in detail. Everything was in color and there were plenty of visuals too. Still, this Watercolor Pencil Set was only $14.99 and it included high quality watercolor paper, a brush, and 10 watercolor pencils, along with the booklet. It's as if the box is saying, "Yeah, you're a newbie but we want your first time to be special." Moreover, if you child didn't love it, you would moan and groan over the money. This set is just right!
|Get another brush and a cup of water and you got yourself a playdate.|
|Thank you booklet. You made this easy.|
|We can splatter paint just by rubbing a paintbrush with a pencil. Simple. I think I made this one up.|
|Apparently, there is a technique called wet on wet using brushes. But this booklet taught me how to use it with the pencil! Very cool! I didn't need a paintbrush to do this.|
|Rowing Home by Winslow Homer. An example of Wet on Wet Technique Thanks Wikimedia|
Again, I can't emphasize this enough. Believe me, when my kids are trying something new, I always opt for the cheap version before I make the investment buy on something really nice. But guess what, with the Faber Castell products, you really can feel like you are splurging even though you didn't pay splurge-prices. With all that watercolor has to offer, I don't see any reason to settle for any less. I even bought this as a birthday present to give to my son's friend this weekend. The connector set with the Brush With Genius both frequently on sale at Amazon makes for a totally awesome gift. Check out my video, this is yet another place where science and art can not be separated. This brush makes music with electricity and paint!
Teacher Lessons from Faber Castell
At Home Try: Yong Chen Watercolor Lessons (found this site from the link above- they care to show you good instruction)
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