Let's face it. Don't we all need and encouraging word from time to time.
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." I Thessalonians 5:11
"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
To teach Anne (age 3) about encouraging one another, we made some cartoon-watercolor drawings to send to friends and family who need a smile. Essentially, I made a coloring page for Anne to watercolor. You don't have to be an artist to draw these for your kids. Remember have a good sense of humor and that the purpose of this activity is to be thoughtful, not necessarily to be an accomplished artist.
Note: Wearing wacky glasses is completely voluntary.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Watercolors and brushes
- Cardstock or heavy watercolor paper
- Permanent fine-tip pen
WHAT TO DO:
1. Select a person who needs encouragement. Start by drawing that person. Talk to your child about that person. What are their needs? What can you pray for them? Consider praying for them as you work on the project. Begin by drawing a cartoon figure of the person. Have your child talk you through the drawing. What kind of hair do they have? Do they wear glasses? Should they be in pants or shorts. This way your child is actively involved even though you are doing the sketching TIP: Keep your drawings simple. Don't get too detailed...
This painting is for Papa Jack in California. That's Grandma Ginny next to him and she is winning at cards. When I asked Anne what Papa Jack likes to do she said, "play cards," which was correct, indeed.
2. Begin drawing a background around the person. Where do they live? Are they going on a trip somewhere? Also, consider drawing items around the person that represent them or their interests or the reason you are sending the drawing.
For example, in this painting is for our friend Devon who is going on a mission trip to Fiji. I made a little sign that said Fiji had Anne help me think of all the things he should pack to take on the trip. He needs to take a "sleeping animal," Anne said. I also made some suggestions, like bug repellent, a backpack, etc.
3. Let the painting begin. Since you've used a permanent pen, the drawing shouldn't bleed when you add the watercolors. Since Anne is still quite young I sit close to her and give suggestions on how to paint. We begin by with what color to select. "What color should his shirt be?" She dips her brush in the the selected color. I make suggestions like, "I think you need to add more water to that paint" or "Now, wash you brush out completely before we choose the next color." I also instruct her on how to brush on the paint. "Let's just do a little dot there." Sometimes I use a dry brush to sweep away excess liquid on the page.
Consider framing your works of art. You can adjust the size of your drawing to fit 5x7 or 8x10 frames.