Family Tree

by , posted on November 26th, 2013 in Art School

family tree project

November is usually filled with family and trips, stories and reminiscing. When this lesson is posted I’ll too be spending time with my family, enjoying days off from work and school, hiking, sleeping in, holding my niece and chasing after my nephew. I tried to create a fun art project that allows children and families to delve into each other’s names, together. To create a Family Name Tree you’ll need black or brown watercolor ink, watercolor paper, pen or pencil, and a straw.


You’ll also need to have access to either a name book, or a website (there’s tons!) that shares the meanings of names. To begin, pour your watercolor into a small bowl and add a little water, take a spoon and pour a dollop on to the watercolor paper, near the bottom, maybe a few inches from the bottom edge.


Using the straw (if you need a refresher, you can see the technique from this lesson) gently blow the watercolor in an upwards direction.



Pretty soon you will see branches form.


You can flip the paper around and blow the opposite direction to create roots if you’d like as well.


While the watercolor dries, use this time to write down the names of your family members that you will include on your tree. Using a book or website, look up the meaning to each family member’s name. For our tree we started with our three children, then my husband and myself, and then our parents (four grandparents).

We started at the top with the grandparents names. And then worked our way down.


The roots were our 3 children, and to say we all learned something about each other is an understatement! I had no idea my mother and my daughter’s names had the same meaning. I think this one is a framer! We hope you enjoy creating your own Family Name Tree.


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7 Responses to “Family Tree”

  1. Katie Says:

    November 26th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Love this! What a great idea. And yes, it definitely does deserve a frame. Thanks for sharing.


    Deborah Reply:

    Thanks so much Katie! I’m so glad you like it.



  2. julia-tagandtibby Says:

    November 26th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Such a great idea! I never would have thought of using a straw. thanks for sharing. xo julia


    Deborah Reply:

    Thanks Julia!



  3. Jill P. Says:

    November 26th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t even take it – this is so wonderful! Seriously, I exhaled as I was reading through this. It is such a perfect artwork creation that holds such deep meaning.

    Thank you for sharing!


    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    I agree Jill! I love how the family roots run deep with this one. It’s such a great project for this season.


  4. Deborah Says:

    November 27th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Thank you Jill so much for saying that. I love that meaningful doesn’t have to be complicated, and that simple is sometimes what we are drawn to most.



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