I love doing planet earth activities. They are a fun way to remember where we live and just how big our planet is.
Last year we did a finger-painted earth and had a lot of fun with it. We decide to change it up and do a watercolor one this year.
The watercolor Planet Earth process art is a great way to explore how colors spread in the water while doing a fun activity.
But I always love adding a twist on how we make it. We have been having a blast with watercolors and different ways to use them and how it changes a project when you do it differently.
What you need for this activity
- watercolor paper with circle drawn on it
- oil pastels
- white sharpie paint marker
- black glitter cardstock
How we did this painting project
I made the circles on the watercolor paper before we started. That made it easy to just start into the project. We started right into drawing in pencil the continents on the Earth.
Then we outlined our planets in blue, white, and green oil pastels. This was to keep the water from mixing in different areas. We used white for the icecap and Antarctica.
Then we did the painting part of the project.
We painted the area with just water. You fill in the whole area that you want to paint. You want it to be raised up a little bit and bubble in that area. We use a brush that is only used for water and keep that water and brush clean.
Then you add color. You can do the area, draw lines or any way you want. It is fun to watch the color spread. We used a mix of greens and browns for land and blues for the ocean.
You repeat the steps above for each area. It is fun to see how the color spreads through the water as you progress around the Earth. If your paper starts to curl up don’t be afraid to use something to make it stay flat.
We then cut our Earths and glued them onto the paper. It is fun to see how the earth looks on the black glitter paper.
Here is a look at our final Project
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