During a recent science exploration, the girls and I were learning about Cnidaria, the animal group that includes anemones, coral, and sea jellies. After reading a few books, watching some videos, and filling our brains with fascinating facts, an art project was in order!
Start by painting a half circle on your paper, using enough paint to make it wet and drippy. Then, dip your brush in water and add more water to the bottom of the half-circle.
Now, stand the paper up and give it a few taps on the table to get the paint rolling down. Be sure you have a piece of newspaper or scratch paper on the table to catch your drips. Continue adding jellyfish one at a time to your painting.
Finish off your painting with some colorful splatters – I recommend having a good amount of scratch paper underneath while you splatter!
We had such fun making these colorful jellyfish that we ended up with a huge pile of paintings. The girls have continued to experiment with this dripping technique in other paintings, too – it’s a fun process!
More jellyfish fun:
Watch: Jellies video (Monterey Bay Aquarium)
Read: Jellies: The Life of Jellyfish by Twig C. George
Make: Jellyfish in a Bottle (BhoomPlay)