Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting

The beach and collecting shells is a favorite activity but some times you can’t visit the beach but you can remember the memories with this fun beach watercolor and q-tip shell painting.

You can create a fun beach scene with these easy to do painting activity.

I know so many people love these because different ages can work together on a similar painting project.

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

I love the each year we add fun new activities on the site and this is a great addition to the beach crafts.

You can do this activity with different levels of age. You can start simple or work to complex with older kids. I love activities you can do this with. Plus I love cookie-cutter painting because it gives you the template to work with.

You can work on creativity and fine motor while doing this shell painting activity.

What you need for this Beach Themed Shell Painting

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

How to make the Beach Themed Shell Painting

First, you start off picking where you sky, water, and beach areas on the paper. Then you draw it in pencil on the paper.

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Then you use watercolors to paint the background. We used bigger brushes than what comes in the watercolor set to make this easier to paint.

After you finish with the watercolor set it aside for a few minutes to dry. That is one reason to use the watercolors for the background. One fun part is that younger kids can just paint the paper brown and older kids can add more detail to what they are doing.

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

We put paint in a paint tray with the four colors we are using with white to mix colors. This allows for unique colors for the shells.

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Then you use the shell cookie cutters and q-tips to paint the shells on the beach.

You place the cookie cutter where you want on the paper. Then you hold it in place while you use a q-tip to paint the inside of the shell. This is great for fine motor work, plus the q-tip gives a great texture to the shell on the paper.

If you have a younger child you could just have them stamp the shell on the page.

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

After you paint the shell you have some water nearby to wash off the color of paint you used before doing the next shell color.

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

You repeat painting the shells until have you all the shells you want on the paper.

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Here is a look at our final beach shell paintings

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Be sure to check out these other beach activities and printables:

Beach Sensory Bin

Shell and Water Bead Sensory Bin

Shell and Rice Sensory Bin

Beach Themed Gross Motor Dice

Beach Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats

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Beach Watercolor and Q-Tip Shell Painting - this is a great painting project that many ages can do. It is loads of fun for painting and fine motor work. - 3Dinosaurs.com

About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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