I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of liquid watercolors but a combination of liquid and regular pan w/c paints is ideal here. You can paint the background first with liquid watercolors, avoiding the rocks and sea life, then use pan watercolors to add details and color interest.
The children did such an amazing job with their drawings, it’s worth taking the time to paint well. The hard part is waiting for a section to dry before advancing to the next, thus avoiding the dreaded “bleed”. Mind you, blending or bleeding can be quite effective, but not everywhere. I had a few kids who were tired of careful (AKA slow) painting, but in the end, they loved their wild expressionist watercolor fish and so did I!
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