stART: South American inspired


love and roast chicken

This isn’t particularly inked to anyone book.  We’ve been reading lots of books about South America, and every single one of them had me thinking of crayon resist painting.  So finally, after readin “Love and Roast Chicken” (which to be truthful would have been a great one for making stamps, because it reminded me of wood carving drawings, but we didn’t have the styrofoam……), we finally had time to do the craft.  It seems like lately all we’ve been doing is run errands and do stuff all over.  Oh, that totally reminds me I need to check out a book soon……  It’s totally a  spring book.


Supplies: crayons, paper, watercolors,……


The kids were somewhat thrilled with this, but really they just wanted to get to the painting.  Valerie, from Frugal Family Fun (if you don’t read her blog, head over there now, she has BRILLIANT ideas), said gauchos are the coolest thing from South America, and we talked about them and how they’re like our cowboys as we colored pictures of them in  bright colors.  Except for Batman, who decided his gaucho would be black.  I’m not kidding, black, all black.

Sadly, they weren’t super interested in gauchos.  It would have helped if I could have found any books on them at all to show pictures, or anything, but no, not at our library.  I even talked about how they had lassos and boots…….  But no, just give me the paint Mom.

I kept encouraging them to color it all in, and color hard, but they weren’t really interested.  But, finally we got to the watercolor, and they’re interest perked up a little.


And paint they did.  I thought watercolors would be a little harder to stain yourself with, and that we wouldn’t need baths after this….. But, NOOOOOOO.  Princess still managed to paint herself and need a bath afterwards.  This did make us a little late for the next thing we were supposed to be doing.  I’d have a picture of her painting, but as soon as she was done she stripped herself naked, and ran to the bath tub declaring “I take bath first!”  With the boys chasing after her, “No we’re taking a bath first.”

For those of you with lots of kids of both genders, how do you handle this whole bath thing?  We’ve come to the conclusion that they’re too old to take one together, but it’s an hour plus process once both sets of kids take baths.  I suppose we could go upstairs and I could just run between the two bathrooms to keep an eye on them, but that doesn’t seem like a good plan.  I’d get a lot of exercise…….


End result:  the pictures were muddy, the crayons resisted okay, but it wasn’t super amazing, that the kids oohed and aaahhhed over.  I remember doing this in elementary school and being amazed.  I’m wondering if she used tempara paint that was watered down.  I don’t know for sure, but ours were rather blah.

I’m thinking next time we’re going to use cool-aid paint that I’ve seen over at Superheroes and Princesses and Frugal Family Fun those keep turning out bright and colorful.  That seems like the plan to me.

So, for more great book-inspired art projects head over to A Mommy’s Adventures.

12 thoughts on “stART: South American inspired

  1. It sounds like you are having my week. We tried resist paintings in the past, but I had the same reaction – they all turned out muddy and not interesting at all. I read later that watered down poster paints on cardstock or watercolor paper will probably work better, but I haven't had time to test it out. I also found some heavily discounted Crayola watercolors in Michael's (a couple of colors were missing from this “as is” box) and decided to see if they will work out better than $1 watercolors we tried before. But again, I didn't have a chance to experiment with them yet. This “no nap” schedule is definitely impacting our time together in a big way.

  2. Thank you for linking up to stART!

    I think that it might help to try just using one color for the water color part, this would prevent it from getting that muddy look of all the colors mixing together. Also make sure they color really heavy with the crayons.

    We haven't done this in awhile so maybe I'll give it a try this week to test some things out :0)

  3. Well, now we're going to have to try a resist project again. It seems to me like we did one a while back, and it worked – but maybe my expecations were low – I'll have to look back and see. I switch the kids over to showers as soon as they are old enough (about 7), to speed up the bathing process. Until then, it just takes the time it takes 🙂

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  5. It's always refreshing to see a not-so-perfect project! I have all girls, but bathtime together can get a little too wild for my taste. I'll bathe the baby and then throw the preschooler in the shower while I dry the baby off and get her dressed. It works great for us, although I know a lot of kids are scared of showers.

  6. It still looks like a great project. We did something like this with leaf rubbings. We just used crayons and then watercolor paints. The rubbing made it so the leaf wasn't all colored in and the paint filled the open areas.
    We have 2 year old boy/girl twins and a 5 year old. The twins bathe together still and the 5 year old showers. I'm looking forward to summer hose downs after art time!

  7. I have also wanted to try this out, but seem to forget about it every week! Will definately try this soon and let you know how it turns out. I also read somewhere that poster paint works great, will have to try it though and see if it does.

  8. We haven't tried the resist technique so I don't have any advice to offer I'm afraid. Sounds like a fun project to try, though! By the way, I love the illustration on the cover of Love and Roast Chicken.

  9. We have our share of projects gone wrong too.

    Collin and Reagan have not bathed together since last summer. We decided it was time for them to have a little privacy. Bath time is longer; I don't really have a solution for that! You could alternate nights, unless you bathe them every day.

  10. I saw a recipe for watercolor paint that looks simple and good. Unfortunately, I copied down the recipe and for the life of me can't recall on which blog I discovered it 😦 Try mixing the following together: 3 Tablespoons Baking Soda, 3 Tablespoons Corn Starch, 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons Light Corn Syrup, and food coloring.

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