Watercolor Jellyfish Painting

by Amy on January 14, 2013

Watercolor Jellyfish Painting | Let's Explore

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!

We decided to try a jellyfish painting project found at For the Love of Art. All you need are liquid watercolors or watered-down tempera paint, paper, and brushes to create some color jellyfish.

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)


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