Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Seahorse Art

I've had a few art projects flagged to do with the boys over the coming weeks, and this afternoon seemed like a great opportunity to pull one out. The original idea used frogs, but considering our current ocean study I thought we'd change that idea just a little bit.

So I did a quick google search for a seahorse template. This wasn't too hard if you use the image feature on google and then select line drawing. We went with a simplistic image that didn't have too many fiddly bits to cut or trace.

Once we found we liked I printed out two copies and cut them out for the boys. Then I gave them each a sheet of watercolor paper and the patterns and instructed them to trace as many on their paper as they wanted with a crayon.

The instructions said to heavily outline it with a crayon. I did the first one for Jayden and set him to work with the rest. He did pretty well, but our curly tail was a bit wiggly and he ended up needing help holding it all down. Morgan managed it all on his own.

Then we painted our little seahorses. I ended up doing one of these two, but I cut a bit off my white paper because after helping the kids trace seahorses I was holding up the progress. The picture above is Morgans, he made one of his little seahorses have it's tail hanging "below" the picture. Funny part? I had only a tail of one in my picture!

After you paint your seahorse while your paint is still slightly wet you're suppose to dab on bits of lemon juice. We each did this slightly differently. We used a very tiny paintbrush and q-tips/ear buds. The purple seahorse above is mine after testing the theory. You can slightly see it in the green tail on the right side of the photo.

This is Jayden's seahorse he did lots of swishing the lemon juice around. Can you see the slight wash in the tail, neck, and "wing" area? Interestingly enough the look was all dependant upon how you applied the lemon juice, swishing or dabbing, and the color paint we used.

This is Jayden's finished project. He decided to use crayons to color in the water.  He was pleased with that until he saw the other finished projects with blue paint for water, then he was a bit disappointed he hadn't taken the time to paint the background.

Here's Morgan's finished project. The lighter spots in the blue are where he went for the lemon juice effect in the water as he was disappointed with how it worked on his seahorses. Notice the wash on the purple one's belly? That was from swishing the lemon juice on it.

And there's mine. The purple one has the most mottled look to it which was the first one I did, but then I tried swishing it on some of the others and dotting it in other places. I also tried the lemon juice effect in the water area too and was reasonably pleased with how it turned out. The darker patch of blue was where I started with a different pat of water color and then changed my mind on the color I was using. You'll find the original instructions here.

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