Paint With Water Books: How To Create Your Own

paint with water book you can make yourself

Paint With Water Books

Around the same time that I had the idea to make homemade watercolors, I was cleaning up books off the floor…one of which happened to be an ANCIENT “Paint with Water” book my grandma found in HER basement and gave to the boys (circa 1979). Seriously, this thing is vintage…
paint with water book


I decided while I was making the homemade watercolors, I would just go ahead and make my own version of the “paint with water” books before the watercolors dried. I figured this would be an awesome art project to take along on our upcoming trip to the lake. Big Brother loves to paint, so I can just bring these and a paintbrush and let him paint while on vacation!

(Hint:  If you don’t want to make your own watercolors, you could just use these handy-dandy watercolor pencils.)

How To Make Water Coloring Pages

1. Print off some free coloring pages ON CARDSTOCK. I just did a search for free printable coloring pages. I also used a few pages from the Cars Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1.
2. Make up a batch of  homemade watercolors. Make sure it’s a fresh batch because it will need to be “wet” to make the pages.
3. Use a thin paintbrush to paint dots and lines spaced apart on your coloring pages. Let them dry.


4. When you’re ready for your little one to get started, just give them one of the water coloring pages, a brush, and some water.


A Paint With Water Book

The other  water coloring pages fit nicely inside a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Just tuck the brush in there too to take along with you!
This post was first published June 2011. Updated 2018.

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  1. I looove this idea. You can print coloring pages of your photos at and how cool would it be to make a paint with water of your own photos?

  2. I love it that 1979 is "vintage". I got married that year, had my first baby at the end of 1980. Does that make my daughter "vintage", too?

  3. Wonderful idea-thanks so much! I used to love these when I was little, and you can't find them often anymore!

  4. To make this fabulous travel craft even more portable, try an Aqua Pen. I got mine from Stampin’ Up!, but I’ve also found them on Amazon. This little brush holds the water in its handle. No open cup of water to get knocked over. They’re kind of pricey, but mine (with adult use) have lasted forever. I found a less expensive version on Amazon and might try them with the kids.

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