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.
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
- watercolor paper
- washable paints
- shell cookie cutters (similar to what we used)
- large paint brush
- paint tray
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You repeat painting the shells until have you all the shells you want on the paper.
Here is a look at our final beach shell paintings
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Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com