Excerpted from the grade 5 weekly update from Grace Bowen
Wet-on-wet watercolor painting is a fairly challenging painting technique taught in many Waldorf schools. It asks the students to balance water and pigment to create a painting that is not too dry and scratchy, but not too wet and puddly. It is a delicate balancing act!
Wet-on-wet watercolor uses wet pigment on wet paper, which gives it an element of unpredictability and uncontrollability. Sometimes the paintings turn out very different from what one would expect. The process of letting go of perfectionism allows the students to live into the experience without stressing over the details.