No-mess watercolor: Dampen the paint with a spray bottle
Jenny, where have you been all my life?
I'm always looking for ways to encourage my 20 month-old's artistic desires without the mess that we all know that comes with this age.
I have found the best way for he to paint without too much mess. I buy the washable watercolors (availble at any discount store) and some heavy paper. The problem with using watercolors in the traditional way is that the child has to dip her brush into water and then into paint. With a young child I found that the paper would end up soaked. So one day I used an ordinary spray bottle and gave the paint pallet a couple sprays then gave it to my child with the normal brush and her paper. The results were magic. Bright vivid colors and very little mess!