Updated: Sep 2
Types of Painting Materials
There are a wide variety of paint and colour supplies that are suitable for children, while also being economical for the parents, for example Poster Paints and Watercolours. Older students (ages 12+) might prefer more advanced materials, so here we discuss information about them too. Below we talk about the different options of liquid paint and other colouring materials.
Poster paint, also referred to as tempera paint or liquid gouache is a great option to have on hand for artists of all ages. This paint is water soluble and is similar to watercolours, but with a heavier, more opaque end result. You can dilute it to get similar results to watercolours or use it as is to give similar results to acrylic paint. Poster paints are great for beginner artists and children because it’s non toxic, and cheaper than acrylic, allowing for free experimentation. Poster paints also come in a wide variety of finishes like metallic, pearl and neon. You can buy poster paint in small container sets, or you can buy them in bigger bottles, with a much wider variety of colours and shades that the children can use to confidently create beautiful, vibrant artworks. If you want more information about the different paint supplies available for children, check out this helpful post.
Another type of art supply the children can use and enjoy are pastels, which come in different formats; oil pastels and chalk (soft) pastels. Oil pastels are similar to crayons in their nature, they come in box sets and they are great for drawing and watercolour resist techniques. Use oil pastels to encourage children to draw big shapes that they can colour in easily afterwards. Oil pastels also make a great barrier when using watercolours so the colours don’t blend in together when the children are painting their artwork. Soft pastels are similar to chalk in their texture and results. They come in box sets or you can purchase them individually. While they may be messy, they can be a fun medium in art projects that produces wonderful results.
Now the easiest medium for children to use is probably watercolours. Watercolours are a fun medium that produces soft, beautiful, and vivid results. Watercolours usually come in trays of 12 colours, although you can get trays of more colours in them. Use the tray cover to experiment with colour mixing by adding some water and the colours you want to mix together in the tray cover before adding it to the paper.
Additional Supplies You Might Need
Making art is a messy process, but you can keep the mess to a minimum by placing plastic covers on the painting surface the children will use and throw it out once the activity is done. For younger children, you can buy a plastic container with a movable lid so the children can clean their brushes with minimum risk of the water spilling. Alternatively, you can just use any empty container you have around the house, fill it with water so the artists can use it to clean their brushes while painting. When using poster paints, the children will also need a paint palette. You can buy a plastic pallet from any art supplies stores that can be cleaned and reused. If the paint dries on the pallet, all you need to do is soak it in warm water for a while then clean it with soap and a sponge. You’ll also need tissues to clean any mess or dry off the brushes.
Now that you have all your supplies ready, dress for mess and start exploring all the wonderful, joyous possibilities that art making can bring to you and your children.