Do you remember creating secret messages growing up? We have a fun artful project that takes a little of that magic, but puts it in a creative format – perfect for kids of all ages.

This at-home idea comes from Gallery Educator Rebecca Cameron, one of several talented team members at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Gallery educators help create activities featured in our museum’s exhibitions and school tours. Learn more about Rebecca below.


First, gather a few supplies that you are likely to have in your home:

  • Watercolor paper or copy paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • White crayon (but also other colors depending on your artistic plans)
  • Watercolor brush or similar paint brush
  • Cup of water

Second, start drawing. Let your imagination go wild! Not sure where to start? Think of a story you want to illustrate or an invention you’d like. Or try a few of these ideas to get your drawing started:

  • Flower garden
  • Magical forest
  • Amusement park
  • Outer space
  • Fairies and unicorns
  • Robots and other machines
  • Still life (see our earlier post for getting started)

Finally, start painting. Choose the colors you want and paint away. What do you see?

Try it: You can also write a special note that can be revealed with watercolor!

Rebecca is a full-time artist and former teacher. At the museum, she helps develop art-making activities and is often leading programs, such as Messy Creations, Girl Scouts, Wonder Camp, and guided tours. “I love that my job allows me the opportunity to teach in an informal setting and really get creative with the activities.”

Find her on Instagram as @bexxfineart.