It rained here on the weekend.
Usually rain on the weekend would not be a reason for celebration, but despite our cold wintry weather we haven’t had much rain for a long, long time.
We are not connected to a town water supply, so all the water for our family comes from the rain on our roof, collected into big water tanks, so no rain means, no water.
We just scraped through the summer by being really really careful about how much water we used, and a couple of small rainfalls over autumn have kept us out of trouble, but what we really needed was a big huge dump of rain, and that’s what we got on the weekend!
To celebrate we all had nice long showers, and we painted with the rain.
Yep, we painted, with rain!
We tried out three different ways to paint with rain. Each of them were easy to do and had awesome, but very different results.
For each technique you’ll need a sheet of paper and a tray or container large enough to fit the paper. We used nice heavy watercolour paper as that holds together better when wet and soggy.
Here are the three different rain painting techniques we tried.
Rain Painting with Liquid Water Colours
We used liquid water colours, but you could also use food colouring for this fun rain painting technique.
All you need to do is use an eye dropper or a spoon to drip colour all over the paper.
Rain Painting with Markers
The easiest rain painting technique uses plain old water based markers.
Colour a piece of paper with the markers. You’ll get a more striking result if you try to colour the whole page and if you overlap the colours a little.
Rain Painting with Water Soluble Crayons/Pastels
Do you have any of those water pastels? The kind that if you brush water over your drawing it turns into paint? Or you could try it with water paint pencils too.
We used water soluble pastels and a pencil sharpener to drop shavings of colour all over the paper and we were very excited to see what happened to them in the rain.
Now you’ve got your paintings prepared all you need to do is take them outside and put them in the rain!
We put our paintings on the edge of our deck and they quickly turned from this…
The kids had so much fun standing out in the rain watching the paintings change and the colours merge and swirl as the paper gets wetter and wetter.
The longer the paintings stayed out in the rain the more the colours combined and were washed out. We left ours out for quite a while, and after they were dry this is what they looked liked…
Next time it rains at your place, give this fun activity a try!