Paint puddle

Puddles, rain, and stormy weather makes up for autumn. Puddles on the ground doesn’t have to be hard to paint as long as you simplify the reflection a bit.
First, break up the most important features with lines (or do it in your head), to make sure the perspective lines in the reflection continues towards the same vanishing point as the original. This means that you will see the reflection image from a different angle than the original elements (unless you’re on the exact same level as the reflective surface).

(C) Andreas Rocha

Andreas Rocha shows how to pull off stormy autumn weather with dramatic clouds, rain, and puddles on the street in this painting. Make a note of how how the reflections have been simplified, only hinting the most characteristic elements with the highest contrast, and how he has added ripples in the reflections to identify the surfaces of the puddles, also making it more realistic looking.
Puddle activities are super fun. Have you seen us make a puddle fizz?

Since then, the concrete area in our backyard was fixed and a drain installed, so we don’t get massive puddles like that anymore. The small puddles we do still get are just enough for splashing in them, or for painting a puddle.

We came up with this activity pretty spontaneously. Earlier that day, E had asked about “the sprinkles in the jars with the white tops” – she was talking about the powder tempera. When we went outside later and discovered the puddle, it came naturally to E to put the frogs in it.

And suddenly, I knew just what to do with “the sprinkles”.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter! (E was four years and two months old.)

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Materials for Painting a Puddle:
Powder tempera. {Powdered food coloring works, too. Or use liquid paint/food coloring for a whole different effect.}
Glitter (optional).
Plastic frogs (optional but fun 😉 ).
Chopstick or skewer (optional).

E started the activity by throwing plastic frogs that had been sitting around the yard since her birthday party into the puddle.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

For some reason, this one had to go into a separate puddle clear across the yard 😉

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

E picked some purple tempera to go in first.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

It made the puddle look awesome, and the frogs went very well with it 😉

E used a chopstick to stir the colorful puddle a bit

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

but it wasn’t enough – we just HAD to add more!

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

E stuck the chopstick into the green tempera and transferred some of the paint into the puddle that way.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

But that was really slow going, so she decided to just dump the rest of the green tempera,

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

then added some glitter.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

Once all the glitter and all the paint had gone in, E had some fun stirring the puddle again and watching the colors swirl into each other.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

Several frogs had powder tempera on their backs from when E had dumped the paint, and E decided they needed to be washed off. Rinsing didn’t work all that well but she did her best.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

While E played, we were able to watch the paint moving slowly but steadily toward the drain.

Art for Kids: Painting a puddle with powder tempera and glitter!

Have you ever tried painting a puddle? What materials would you use? Leave a comment below to let me know!

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