Paint & Print

Painting and printing are great activities for creative development and fine motor skills. Here's some inspiration for your next painting activity!

Watercolour Whale

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The month of July is Watercolour month! Celebrate Watercolour month with our fun Whale watercolour activity!
  • Step 1Use masking tape to secure your watercolour paper to your splash mat. This will also create a nice border around your artwork. In the centre of your page, draw a Whale lightly in pencil.
  • Step 2Mix ¼ of a teaspoon of table salt with warm water, you will use this with your watercolour paint. The salt water creates different texture on the paper. Then coat the top 2/3 of the page and around the whale with the lightest blue colour in your palette. You may even paint underneath the Whale like we have done.
  • Step 3Add small amounts of salt to the painted surface and around the whale to add texture.
  • Step 4Add more paint to the areas with salt to create more depth to your artwork. Allow to dry.
  • Step 5On the bottom 1/3 of the page add as many bright colours as you please. These will later become coral and shells! Allow to dry.
  • Step 6Paint your Whale the darkest blue in your palette. To make the outer line darker, apply a lot of pigment to the brush and trace around the outline. Then place water only on the brush and carefully pull the colour down from the previous pigmented stroke.
  • Step 7Add lighter blues and yellow to your whale as shown in the image. Allow to dry.
  • Step 8Once the background has dried, gently rub the salt off with your finger to expose the texture it leaves behind.
  • Step 9Use Fine Tip POSCA™ Markers to outline your Whale, using the faded pencil lines as a guide.
  • Step 10At the bottom of the page, create coral and shell like shapes by drawing lines in different directions using POSCA™ markers. See the images for inspiration. Remove the masking tape carefully from the paper. Your artwork is now ready to put on display!

Materials used in this activity

Masking Tape
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Mont Marte Watercolour Palette
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Watercolour Paper Pad - A4
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POSCA Paint Markers - Fine Tip
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