Exploring & Creating Watercolor Illustrations

Watercolor Illustrations

I have really been enjoying the new online magazine, Alphabet Glue. Annie, the creator, is an educator and mother after my own heart (you can read a wonderful interview with her here). The activities she suggests are thoughtful and creative, are accompanied by lovely photographs, and supported with amazing lists of literary connections. She recently sent me a copy of Volume Five and we had a wonderful time doing an exploration of watercolor illustrations.

After gathering some of our most beloved books that contain watercolor illustrations, we flipped through the pages and looked at the artists’ unique styles and discussed some of the techniques that had been used. Inspired by what they had seen, the girls were ready to get started on their own illustrations. We created handmade watercolor books using the easy directions that Annie provided. As the girls painted, I read aloud stories (and poems) from the books that we had just explored. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!





With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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