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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Nature Boy


Evan (age 4), a young naturalist, experimented with watercolors, a drinking straw, and a Blue Jay feather to create this painting. It looks like he painted a picture of himself climbing an old Oak tree by the river at dusk.

If you would like to try to make nature painting to celebrate Children & Nature Awareness Month, the direction are as follows:

Wet watercolor paper with plain water to start and then add the blue color. Evan slowly worked his way up with color.

For the moon reflecting in the water he pulled some paint off the paper while it was still wet with a tissue in a circular motion. Next he added some green, yellow, and pink paint to the top and let the background dry completely.
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Finally thin some dark brown paint. Spoon some at the side of the paper and start blowing the brown paint around using the straw. Use a feather for the finishing touches. Add birds and leaves.

There you have it. A great Spring painting project that is easy to do for all ages. Give it a try.