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Neptune's World Crayon Resist Art

Neptunes World Crayon Resist Art
Neptunes World Crayon Resist Art
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The warmer weather has arrived, and what better way to celebrate it than with art ideas for kids like this underwater project? This Neptune's World Crayon Resist Art is a fun way for children to explore their creativity. It would be great for a group of middle school learners that are learning how to use watercolor paint in their easy art projects for kids. These fun art projects are perfect for recreating all the beauty that our underwater world has to offer. If you can't go to the ocean this summer, these kids art ideas are the next best thing.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniquePainting

Beginner

Age GroupElementary School, Pre-Teens

Materials List

  • A4 medium weight white paper
  • 2 googly eyes - one with a diameter of 15mm and one with a diameter of 7mm
  • Wax crayons: green, yellow, purple, red, black, and white
  • Staedtler 12-color watercolor set
  • Golden glitter glue pen
  • Quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Small plastic bowls with water

Instructions

  1. Use the pencil to draw a design on the paper. In the example, two fish were drawn, as well as seaweed at the bottom of the paper.

  2. Use the wax crayons to draw over the pencil lines. Use heavy pressure when applying the crayon lines so that the crayon lines will be able to resist the watercolor paint. Use green for the seaweed, yellow for the fish, purple for the fins, red for the mouths, and black/white for the eyes. Use the white crayon to add air bubbles to the water and pockets of light to the seaweed.

  3. Use the watercolors to paint the picture. Use blue and green for the background, green/yellow and ochre/brown for the seaweed, and yellow/orange/purple for the fish. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  4. Glue the two wiggle eyes in place.

  5. Use the glitter pen to add highlights around the eye area of each fish and allow to dry thoroughly.

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