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5 fun summer art activities to try for yourself or with your kids or grand-kids

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5 fun summer art activities to try for yourself or with your kids or grand-kids

Summer is a great time to have fun with art and work on easier projects that don’t require many supplies. All the art ideas listed here can be done with kids or grand-kids and can be finished in one hour or so on watercolor or cardboard postcards sized paper.

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Fun summer art idea 1: Ombre Watercolor postcards

fun summer art ideas you can try with your kids or grand-kids

For this activity, you will need only one color of watercolor paint ! Here is the supplies list:

To make 4 Watercolor Ombre Postcards, you will need:

  • Watercolor paint in your color of choice, I used a mix of pyrrol red and Phtalocyanine blue, red shade by Graham watercolors
  • Watercolor paper cut to postcard size or ready to paint watercolor postcards
  • Masking fluid if you want to try the one with the white or orange outline, Iused the Fineline Masquepen.
  • Markers
  • Pencil, eraser, brushes

See how to make watercolor ombre postcards step by step here

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Fun summer art idea 2: Distressed graphite postcards

fun drawing summer activity to make with kids

You will need even less art supplies for this postcard making activity as this drawing activity only requires a soft graphite (4 to 9 B), an eraser and card-stock paper.

Adults will benefit from this activity as well as it shows us how not to be too attached to the end result when we make art. It teaches us to accept wrecking up something we just did draw by erasing parts of it, drawing just to enjoy the process without too much pressure about making a good drawing every time we draw.

See how to make the distressed graphite cards here

Fun summer art idea 3: Watercolor and mixed media postcards

summer art idea wax resist

This post will show you how to paint a textured watercolor background using various techniques like dripping alcohol, sprinkling salt, using plastic wrap, sponges….and then add patterns or doodles on top of that background. You can try all of these techniques on Yupo paper as well, as yupo works so great with visual textures.

See how to make the watercolor and doodle postcards here

Fun summer art idea 4: Use a Spirograph to make the background of your mixed media postcards

fun art ideas for the summer

This activity requires a bit more supplies and might be better suited for tweens and teens than kids. Although I am sure kids will have fun with the Spirograph part 🙂

To make these mixed media postcards you will need:

  • Watercolor paper blank postcards
  • Masking tape
  • A spirograph set
  • Watercolors in various colors
  • White acrylic paint
  • Copic markers or art markers

See how to make the Spirograph postcards here

Fun summer art idea 5: Watercolor and zentangle

adding designs in the background

All kids and adults like doodling and having fun with zentangles. On a postcard sized painting, you can add patterns and be done in less than 15-30 minutes. It is a great way to try your hand at zentangling 🙂

To make these watercolor and zentangle postcards you will need:

  • Watercolor paper blank postcards
  • Masking tape
  • Rubbing alcohol to add visual texture
  • Watercolors in various colors
  • Copic markers or art markers

See here how to make theses watercolor and Zentangle postcard

explains the project in a few minutes.

I would love to see the postcards you made, feel free to share pictures in the comments!

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