It uses the same crayon resist and watercolor technique as the flower bouquet project in my Mother’s Day post. This garden stands up and shows the roots underground, illustrating the Parable of the Sower (Matt.13:23). For more on that, see my previous post.
Supplies: Supplies include a square piece of sturdy white paper. It can be 9X9, 11 X11, etc. The ruler and pencil are only needed if you need to measure and cut your paper into a square.
Step 5 Use watercolor paints to color the flowers.
(To mix watercolors so they are bright: Using your brush, place a little water on the cover of your water color set and then with a not-too-wet brush, keep adding pigment until you have enough bright paint to paint all the flowers of that color. When changing to a new color, rinse your brush and repeat the mixing process with your new color)
Step 6 Now you can add beneficial insects to your garden. Bees and butterflies help cross pollinate flowers. Lady bugs kill off harmful pests. Ants and worms (which I forgot!) help keep soil healthy. Caterpillars aren’t so great since they eat leaves, but they turn into butterflies, so I couldn’t resist adding a couple! I’m sure you can think of other creatures to add!
Each insect just takes a few easy steps, which I’ve illustrated. Use paint or markers for the blobby parts.
One round yellow or red blob for bees or lady bugs.
Three small black blobs for ants. Several any-color-you-want blobs for caterpillars.
A black or brown long slender shape for butterflies.
Step 7 Add the spots, stripes, legs, antennae, etc. with a pen or thin marker. You may want to use paint for the butterfly wings. I did plain wings, but I’m sure you can be lots more creative! Let everything dry.
Enjoy your colorful garden and be reminded to read your Bible regularly so God’s Word will grow and flourish in your heart!