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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to Paint A Happy Mouse Watercolor Printable Worksheet

This free worksheet is a fun little project for the beginner to help get some basic principles of watercolor. It features a happy little mouse who got the cheese from out of the mousetrap. It uses a limited selection of colors to help keep the project simple.

Parents, teachers, and home-school families will be able to use this project in class or as a hand out for a do at home project.

  • With some printers, you can just highlight it and send it to your printer.
  • Some printers work better if you copy and paste the image into a Word Document then print as you would normally. (If you get a small image just adjust the margins from the page layout in the toolbar, then drag the image to enlarge it.)
  • Some printers work better if you first drag the image to your desktop and print from there.
 Remember to set your printer to color.

If you have problems printing see the "HOW TO PRINT" tab above or try one of the updated links below that should print better.
How To Paint A Picture Of A Happy Mouse.
CLICK HERE to go to an image file that may work better with newer printers.

Use 140 lb watercolor paper. It is heavy and absorbent. Trace the outline of our happy mouse on it just slightly lower than the center. If you have trouble tracing it try holding it against a window with the light shining through.

Use a big paintbrush. Use watery brown to give the mouse an even flat wash of brown.

While the mouse is starting to dry give the wall a watery wash of blue and brown mixed together to make a light-grey. We want just a hint of grey if it is dark then use a paper towel and dab it up a little.  

Use some watery yellow or on the floor, and watery brown on the side of the mouse trap.

Use some blue inside the mouse hole.

SECOND WASH- After the first has dried.
Use a small paintbrush.
Mix brown and blue and add the shadows to the mouse around the tummy, legs, arms, and under the chin.

Add a little violet or rose to the mouse hole to deepen the color next to the wall edge.

Use violet for shadow around the feet of the mouse and around the mousetrap.

Use yellow on the cheese.

Use a little watery red for the cheeks and inside the ears.

Mix blue and brown and put dark grey on the spring and trigger of the mousetrap.

Use yellow mixed with a little orange for the sides of the cheese.

Add a touch of dark blue to the shadow under the mouse, but just a little.

If you have lost the detail of the whiskers, smile, or eyebrows then use a pencil or sharpie to draw them back in.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope this project is fun and helpful for you. 

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