I love doing new space projects. We love adding them to our growing collection. And today we are adding Mars to the list.
This is a great mix art project which we love. You have watercolors and oil pastels together to make this a fun painting project.
These planet projects have been one of the favorites on the site. It is fun to see how different each one can be.
This is a great addition to our space activities on the site.
After watching the launch of the new Mars rover Perseverance. We decided we would have a space day. And I love just dropping and doing these themed days.
We started by reading the book Mousetronaut Goes to Mars (Paula Wiseman Books). We have loved this book for years. And it is still fun to read. What do you think a trip to Mars would be like?
We also looked up online different pictures of Mars. We noticed that Mars has several different views. We loved that each of us could do our own Mars and not be the same.
What art supplies you need for the Watercolor & Oil Pastel Mars
This is the complete list of all the items we used to make this art project. I always get asked what did you use and this is an easy list to use.
- watercolor paper with circle drawn on it
- oil pastels
- white sharpie paint marker
- black glitter cardstock
- large paint brush
How to make the Watercolor and Oil Pastel Planet Mars
You start off with the oil pastels on the watercolor paper. We use watercolor paper because it has a great texture to it. It will leave little spaces as you color that work great for the next step. We used black and white for the oil pastels to get the features of the planet.
Next, we started the painting part of our art project. We used watercolors for this before it can fill in the holes left from the oil pastels and you can mix the different colors together as you paint. We used a mix of reds and orange colors while we painted.
We used a larger painting brush than what is in the watercolor paint set to make painting the larger area easier.
After we got through with our painting we put it aside for to dry.
We cut out the planet after waiting for it to dry a little bit. The watercolor does dry faster than using paints.
And finally, we put glued our planet on the black glitter cardstock. As your planet starts to dry if you see the paper rolling up then place something on top to keep it flat.
Here is a look at our final planet Mars
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Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com