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The last couple days have left us cooped up indoors because of the rain. I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of rainy days. The kids are cooped up in the house as opposed to playing in the yard most of the day. This is due to the amount of mud that’s been caused thanks to the heavy rainfall. My friend thinks that all of the rainfall in my yard could be down to our guttering being blocked. She’s recommended that I contact a company like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Vancouver to see if they can take a look at my guttering to see if it needs to be cleaned. Perhaps that is the reason that the yard is so flooded currently. Due to this, we’re all stuck indoors. That kind of drives them (and me!) crazy. While I was trying to keep us occupied, I kind of fumbled into this new painting technique that gave a pretty neat effect. I’m calling it “Rainy Day Art” inspired by our wet weather and the water drop effect on the paper 🙂

We started by pouring a little bit of blue watercolor into a cup and adding water to dilute it until I was happy with the color (liquid watercolors are very vibrant. Leaving it undiluted would have given a much more intense shade of blue!). That’s pretty much all the prep work you have to do.
Next, I just laid out the baking tray with the paint and a brush. My boys were a bit confused because I asked them to paint on the baking tray without any paper! But they painted away nonetheless.
Do you see all those nice little blue droplets of watercolor? They will become the “rain” on our picture very soon!
(Tip: try not to oversaturate the brush. you want droplets to form on the pan, not blobs of water).
Once the pan had a sufficient amount of watercolor droplets, we laid a sheet of plain white paper right on top of it. We used our hands to smooth it down flat on the tray.
Lift the paper and “Voila!” it looks as if rain has dropped down right on it! We used black electrical tape to make a window frame around our paintings, although it looks fantastic as is too! We were so pleased with how much it looked like dripping rain on a window!
Science/Weather connection idea: Later this week I plan on using our paintings to discuss the types of rain we see (drizzle, downpour, sprinkling, etc.) We’ll look at our pictures and decide what type of rain may have been outside our “window” to make the effects that we see.

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16 thoughts on “Rainy Day Window Art”

  1. I used your idea with my special ed children and it was a great experience for them to see that watercolors, water, and rainy day songs can CREATE a rainy day picture.

    1. This makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for sharing with me- it’s always encouraging to know that other kids have enjoyed our ideas <3

  2. What type of white paper works best? regular white copy paper, card stock, white construction paper? I’m thinking doing this with my preschool class and want to be sure I have the correct supplies. Thanks!

    1. We used watercolor paper. Paper with good absorption work best. Try a few out, I’d be interested in hearing the results of different papers!

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