Watercolors and Bubbles

by Stefani on 11-March-2009

Well it’s all drippy and shivery here today, and we’re wondering where our warm spring sun went off to. 

Yesterday though, it was glorious! We spent all day outside. We ate our meals out there, punctuated by bouts of barefoot running through the grass. We played spies and read, made up tall tales, blew bubbles and painted. We all agreed that every day should be a lot like that day. 

My littlest man, being the observant, thoughtful kid that he is said , “see how the bubbles are all rainbow-y around the edges? I think we could paint bubbles like that.” 

Painting Bubbles

And so we did. I highly recommend blowing, noticing and then painting bubbles. It was a great exercise in observational painting… and a whole lot of fun to boot. 

My guy has deemed himself a champion bubble blower and thought that I should preserve his bubble blowing greatness in both photo and painted form.
His Attempt at "The Most Biggest Bubble EVER!"

As in, “look how great I am at this! First you can take a picture, then you can paint me okay?”
Champion Bubble Man

Gotta love the self assuredness of being 4. 

I was happy to oblige though because really, he IS pretty great. And when mixed with a balmy day, bubbles and watercolors… well that’s worthy of saving up in each and every possible way. 
Dawn March 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm


Lisa Clarke March 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Loving your bubble drawing! I think I need to steal my 5-year-old’s colored pencils and give it a try… 🙂

heather jane March 11, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Indeed it is. Can’t think of one thing more worthy, actually.

annamaren March 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Ooooh- that first photo- I love how you have one big watercolor page spread out, and you divided it up so you can all use the same page! That’s such a fun idea!

I Wonder Woman March 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm

What a fun day! You’re making this NW girl miss the sunshine something awful… 🙂

Aunt LoLo March 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I love the painting! Your boy is DEFINITELY confident…and precious!

kerry March 12, 2009 at 2:45 am

Your artwork is just lovely. Sounds like a perfect day!

Our Green Nest March 12, 2009 at 3:17 am

I know – it’s still rainy around these parts though :(…but we need it, so that’s good. What a great exercise with the boys…I love to watercolor but haven’t done it in forever. Your little boy and bubbles are adorable!

Miss VanDroo March 12, 2009 at 4:26 am

I love this post! Thanks for sharing.

kristin March 12, 2009 at 4:50 am

doing it.

tara March 12, 2009 at 4:56 am

Good stuff!! Here’s hoping the sun returns soon.

Leslie March 12, 2009 at 6:06 am

i love how sure little guys are of themselves!! i wish it were warm enough for bubbles at our house…but we sure have been enjoying some rainbow fun with this months book of days. i can’t say enough how much we love it!

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:23 am

Well it was totally an accident. I had divided up the page for ME… I was intending to use one page for three different projects. It worked out nicely though. It was a lot of fun to have all our work on one page!

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:25 am

The highs here are in the 40s today!!! I know that’s like a heat wave to some folks, but it’s got our heads spinning! It was just in the mid 80s! I had almost put away all our jeans and jackets too!

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

Oh yay!!! That’s music to our ears!!! Thank you so much for that!


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J.T. March 12, 2009 at 7:56 am

-4 this morning…need I say more? Love the painting exercise and pictures! Filing this idea away for my little one when she is of age!!

debbieR March 12, 2009 at 8:17 am

Those colors are gorgeous! What ind of watercolors are they? Would you please share.

lina nikols March 12, 2009 at 8:19 am

Playing with bubbles outside definitely marks the arrival of spring in our house. A few more weeks to go here! Love your water colour – a picture for his room!

Kelly March 12, 2009 at 8:24 am

Part of your warm weather may have escaped up here. It may be warm enough for a little while this afternoon to get out and blow bubbles. My older boys love them of course but it’ll be fun to introduce them to my littlest.

golden March 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

Awww, what fun! What gorgeous colors!
Can you tell me what brand of watercolors those are?

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 9:23 am

Well I CAN, but I don’t think it’s going to be much help. They came in an “artist kit” made by “Gallery”… you know the kind… wooden briefcase-like box, full of colored pencils and oil pastels and watercolors. The boys each got one from their Nana the Christmas before last. I’ve dug around online and don’t see anything like it, but I’m pretty sure it came from Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

Anne March 12, 2009 at 10:51 am

I can’t wait or Spring to show up here!

Visty is looking for some feedback about an incentive program at her kid’s school…maybe you have some words of wisdom for her.

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 11:20 am

I just popped over there and left a comment. I would encourage anyone else here reading to go and have a look too. I get the idea behind what’s going on in those classrooms, but I think they way there are going about it just stinks!

elleeyun@msn.com March 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm

stefani, your drawings inspire me to draw (or try to draw). i was wondering, what colored pencils do you use, and what marker do you use for outlining.
i’m so glad i found your blog.
thanks so much!


Stefani March 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I love to hear that Ellee! It makes me so glad to think of other people gaining the confidence to explore their creativity!
Well, I am 100% certain that there are better pencils out there to use, but I just use the plain old Roseart pencils that you can buy at any discount store. I bought the pack with the most number of colors and set to work.

For outlining, I use Staedtler pigment liners. I have a set of four “fineliners” in the .1, .3, .5 and .7mm sizes. I love these because not only do they give you nice thin lines, but if you let them dry completely before watercoloring, they don’t bleed. I got them at Michaels but I see they also have them here: http://www.dickblick.com/products/staedtler-pigment-liner-sketch-pen-set/

I’m glad you found us too! Now get to drawing!

Heidi March 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Yes. Definitely going to try this one. I’m so excited to see what the bubbles painted by my boys will look like. Thanks for the constant inspiration. I love visiting here!

Cassandra March 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Oh, how lovely! I so admire your artistic abilities. We’ve enjoyed some watercoloring and rainbow making (ala Book of Days style) around our home too!

elleeyun@msn.com March 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

thanks stefani! i haven’t had a chance to explore everything on your blog yet, but i just absolutely love how you draw! it’s so carefree and whimsical, and you make me feel like i can do it, too! okay, i’m making it sound like i can draw, but i can barely make stick figures. but you make me want to draw, to doodle, just to try it! do you give tips on drawing or even lessons, or suggestions …or anything of that sort? if not, there’s an idea for you. oh by the way, that would go for your photography as well. =)
are you an artist by schooling, btw?
thanks for chatting.


alwaysadorable March 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I absolutely love this!

Sarah March 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm

beautiful painting!

nytesong March 13, 2009 at 4:59 am

How I envy you the ‘running barefoot’ part. Only a couple more weeks (I hope!) and we’ll be joining you in that oh-so-wonderful thing in our state. =)

Anna March 14, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I’m inspired. The days can be busy and then I forget to listen to my children. Really listen. Like…”I bet we could paint bubbles” listen.

What a little treasure that piece of the day must have been.

Rika March 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Saw this post and love how you share your page…..my girls always want me to draw with them but I don’t want to invade their paper or creative space….so your pic gave me a great way to “share” the paper. Thank you!

marjorie March 18, 2009 at 8:12 am

Oh, I love your drawings! I’m so impressed – and a little jealous 😉 But also inspired… to get the paints out for my boys.

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