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How to Make Watercolor Cookies {Guest Post}


We very rarely have guest posters on Growing Up Madison and when we do you know that it has to be someone very special. I met Sarah at Ruffles and Rain Boots and fell in love with her blog. She does the most amazing crafts with her little one and you can't help but want to make them all. Today she shares a special treat with us here on Growing Up Madison. When the gray of winter starts to take a toll, it's easy to add a bit of colorful art (and flavor) back into the day. Chase the gray away with these watercolor cookies decorated by the kids!


Introductions


Before we get to our tasty watercolor cookies, I should introduce myself: hello there, my name is Sarah. I find myself drawn to create and over at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I share tutorials for handmade gifts, decor, crafts for children, dress up clothes, and even games. I also share a bit about our fun-filled days crafting with kids, too – it seems my little one loves to create as much as her mom. Some projects you might have seen floating around on Pinterest (click the photo to take you to the project):

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The beginning of February usually has Seattlites booking last-minute trips to sunny destinations to soak up even a little Vitamin D. Even though our months of gray are interrupted occasionally with sunshine, I set up a craft to add color into our day and incorporate a little fine art, too: watercolor cookies!

Watercolor Artists to Inspire Kids


There are so many great watercolor artists to choose from, so I used my Google to show the little one a few of my favorites. I'm a fan of abstract watercolor and it turns out 'abstract' is well, sometimes a bit too abstract for my 3 year old right now. I then showed her more realistic, natural scenes so she could have something to which she could relate. We focused on two artists for the day that I felt combined a little of both, and who worked in watercolors (among other mediums):
  • Georgia O'Keefe - natural scenes, close-up florals; bright colors, vibrant palette
  • Winslow Homer - natural scenes; muted colors, limited palette

Watercolor Cookies: Preparation


When I make a batch of sugar cookies, I always white-ice a few (usually in white) and leave them in the freezer. You never know when cookie decorating inspiration will strike and they are good for quite a while when frozen. You can find links to my favorite recipes for "no fail" sugar cookies and royal icing here because I love to make my own. Sugar cookie decorating was my hobby in 2014, but let's say you don't want to make them from scratch - no problem. Just add some sugar cookie dough (or already baked cookies) and cookie icing to your grocery list and ice the cookies in about 15 minutes - your time is precious and this saves quite a bit of it. The preparation for making these watercolor cookies couldn't be easier: whip up a few colors of water and food coloring. You want the color to be very bold because it will appear washed out when it dries on the cookies. Put out new paintbrushes (or those reserved for food) and a bowl of clean water to wash their brushes between colors. Then let them paint!


The most fun watercolor technique that we she explored was using a straw to blow the "paint" around. The little one decorated nearly all of the cookies this way after I introduced it., and cookies and giggles filled our afternoon.


Additional Learning and Exploration


If you're looking to get the little ones started in watercolor, Jean from The Artful Parent, put together an amazing resource in her post here. We've done quite a few projects using this as our starting point and have even made our own watercolors. You can keep the fun and creativity going by setting out watercolor paints and paper to let them explore further. Thank you so much for allowing me into your day. Stop by Ruffles and Rain Boots or we can connect on Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or Pinterest. I hope to see you again soon!

Thank you Sarah once again for guest posting today and I can't wait for her to do it again.

Annmarie John
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  1. These totally look like so much fun and may have to try soon with my girls. Thanks for sharing 😉

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  2. Wow that is really cool! I bet my kids would love to do this, they love to help in the kitchen!

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  3. That looks like the most fun ever!! And afterwards you can actually get to gobble them up!! This is a great way to start teaching a child an appreciation for art.

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  4. How creative. Such a fun and artsy snack.

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  5. These are so pretty! And I love that I have never seen anything like them! It looks like a super fun way to incorporate the kiddos too.

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  6. I totally love this! This is such a cute idea for the kids to do. Plus, this looks like a ton of fun too!

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  7. Ah! SUCH a great idea! You get an activity and a treat! I can not wait to try this!

    http://talesoftiffanylove.blogspot.com/

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  8. Very creative! Definitely something my daughter and I would enjoy. We will have to give it a try sometime.

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  9. This kinda has that galaxy theme going on. It looks super fun to make and it looks like it would taste even better

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  10. That looks very messy and I'm sure my three boys would LOVE it. lol... Will do this over Spring Break

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  11. We did these at Christmas. I found it to be so beautiful!

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  12. Thanks so much Amanda (and Madison) for allowing me to share our fun watercolor cookies with you! I hope everyone gets to make the tasty fun.

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  13. I love this! It's so hard to come up with something every day. Thanks for doing it for us! :)

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  14. What a great guest post, this looks like a great activity for the kids to help with. Love when they want to help in the kitchen.

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  15. Those look so delicious and unique and a great way for kids to decorate cookies in a different kind of way thanks so much for sharing

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  16. Those are beautiful! I love the colors and I bet they taste delicious!

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  17. What a fun idea! I rarely make cookies that need to be decorated because they never look right but I'll have to try these.

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  18. Those cookies are so cute. I've never done water color cookies before.

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  19. This sounds like a really fun activity for the family. The kids would come up with lots of creative designs!

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  20. That's a fun way to get the kids hands on in cookie decorating! Even the most uncreative person could make a masterpiece with this method!

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  21. These cookies are beautiful! I will have to try to make some for myself.

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  22. It looks like she is having a blast making them! These are just in time for Easter!

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  23. I would have never of thought to make watercolor cookies! How creative and fun!

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  24. This is so fun, and my mouth is totally watering. Those cookies are pretty but they look really yummy too!

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  25. What a fun way to make the cookies. They came out cute as can be too!

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  26. Oh wow what a neat and fun idea to do with the kids!

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  27. Wow! I have never thought to do this! These turned out great. My kids would love this activity!

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  28. The cookies turned out so pretty! What a great craft for kids!

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  29. Very cool idea, Definitely pinning this

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  30. I love Sarah's blog! These are so beautiful. A gorgeous project to do with the kids. And cookies are my favorite thing.

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  31. This cookies look really neat can't wait to try it out for myself. I imagine my girls would have fun blowing colors on the cookies with the straws.

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  32. What a fun idea. I am definitely doing this with my girls

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  33. SO cute! My kids would love this!

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  34. Such cute cookies - this looks like so much fun! I think Davey would enjoy painting cookies.

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  35. This is such a great, unique and not to mention fun way to decorate a cookie. I bet my little one would love to try this out herself.

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  36. Those are just too beautiful. I need to try this recipe myself!

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  37. I love the step-by-step instructions. My 5 year old would love to do this. She loves to cook and paint!

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  38. I love Sarah!!! These are so pretty! I love that it's creative AND edible. So sweet.

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    xoxo

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  39. Well how fun is this?! What a great idea for kids! I'm definitely going to do this the next time we do sugar cookies.

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