S is for Salt Water Animals Textured Watercolor Paintings

On last week’s Bee Crafty Kids post, I showed you how to color sand to use in lieu of sand for crafts. Today I’m going to show you one of the things that we used our colored “sand” to create. 

For this activity, you will need:

  • a set of watercolor paints(blues and greens are the most important colors for this)
  • paintbrushes
  • watercolor paper
  • colored sand
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • water

This project will take several hours to complete from start to finish or you can spread it out over two days (which is what we did).

To begin, give each child piece of watercolor paper, a few paintbrushes, and some watercolor paints.

Instruct them to paint the entire paper in various shades of blue and green, overlapping or mixing the colors as they wish.  This paper will represent your ocean water.

Once they have finished, allow the paintings to dry completely.

Next, you want to cut out some shapes of creatures that live in the sea.  I free handed all of these (can’t you tell? lol).  We did an octopus, a starfish, some sea coral, and a shark/whale/fish like creature.  In hindsight, I should have chosen a lighter color of construction paper, but it didn’t hinder anything to use the darker black.

Mix together some white glue with water, creating a homemade mod podge.  Use a foam paintbrush to spread the glue mixture on to the shapes.

Allow your child to choose which color of sand they’d like to use for each animal and then cover the glue with the chosen shade. Make sure that you really get all the nooks and crannies and that the entire animal is covered with sand.

Transfer the animals on to wax paper and allow to dry.  Do no touch them until the glue is thoroughly dried.

When dry, gently shake off the excess sand and then glue the creatures on to your painted water scene.

There you go!  A textured salt water animal watercolor ocean scene!  This picture shows why I should have used a lighter color of construction paper for our creatures.  The color of the sand is more visible in person, but the darkness of the paper hides it.  I think a lighter color would allow the color of the sand to show more brightly.

This is a super simple and fun craft to go along with a beach/ocean themed unit!

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