There's been a lot of this lately. Gray, snowy days that drift into one another. Days where winter seems as if it has come to stay... perhaps forever.
But soon enough (even if my chilly toes don't think so), it will be gone. The snow will melt and this beautiful, crystalline landscape will disappear with not so much as a single snowflake left behind.
Unless there was some way to preserve it...
... to take today's winter magic...
... and let it melt...
... into a permanent memory for tomorrow.
Winter Snowball Watercolor Paintings:
Using concentrated watercolors (food color in water could work as well), pour colors, separately, into a fresh snowbank. Then scoop up the colored snow and form into a snowball.
Place colored snowballs on dry watercolor paper and allow to melt, and then dry undisturbed. You can put multiple colors on one sheet or you can place a single snowball on a sheet-like the images above, or you could even place them on a really long sheet of paper together (which could be quite nice). Drying time will vary depending on how large your snowballs are, but can take up to a day or so in some conditions, so it's best to leave them in a place where they won't be in the way of other activities.
Once the paintings are dry, hang them up on a wall, frame them together in groups or put them in a scrapbook, this way your snowball will last forever.
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