In a metal tray we started with some good quality watercolor paper to catch all the drips and splashes. We have had fun with a lot of watercolor art projects over and I cannot stress the importance of the watercolor pad. While it maybe tempting to skimp on the paper since those pads do not come cheap, it makes or breaks the art project, really. We have used a variety of them and have been satisfied with most of the brands like Strathmore and Canson. If you really want a high quality you can try Arches – this is what my daughter uses in her art classes.
Then in mini shot glasses we mixed a wide variety of paints. Some were diluted liquid watercolors, some watercolors that come in tubes like these mixed with water and some even washable acrylic paint again diluted with water. We found that studio acrylic paint ( the thick studio variety) did not work well since it was hard to mix and get the right watery consistency
Once satisfied with the colors and consistency, it is time to just pour, splash and mix. Just go with the flow and have fun pouring the watercolors on your paper.
Some paint was simply poured and twirled around. We used a brush on some splatters to gently mix them. Couple of watercolor blobs were blown on to move the paint around (like we did here with our fall tree art)
It was great to use the cookie sheet to catch and keep all the paint in one place. Use a tissue to dab and lift colors as you go. Just whatever you feel like. Such a great creative open ended process art where anything really goes.