Art Project- Hidden Textures


So, this is a fun little project to do with your kids. It’s for a class I co-teach for our homeschool co-op. The class is called, A.C.E. (Artistic and Creative Ensemble) and it’s about all kinds of creative thinking for artistic kids.

The idea behind this project is to work with textures in a fresh new way. So here’s what you’ll need:

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  • A piece of watercolor paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • At least 5 paintbrushes in different sizes
  • A pencil
  • Elmer’s glue (liquid not a glue stick)

Start by drawing the turtle’s shell.

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Add the legs, tale, head, and belly. Then fill in the shell with a cool and simple design. I also made a double outline around everything.

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Now for the fun part!! You get to add texture to your turtle by using your Elmer’s glue. Use it like a marker or paint and design away! He’s going to be ultra snazzy!

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Now, let dry. Completely. This is no small task for excited kiddos. But, you must do it. By the way, it takes a couple days to dry all the way. I know, I know, but I promise it’s worth the wait.

After it’s spent an eternity drying…get out your paints. I used very diluted acrylics but you can also use watercolors.

Start to apply the paint slowly, right over the dry glue designs. You will begin to see the glue textures start to peek their way through. It’s like magic!


Keep painting!

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Fill in the rest of your turtle with your favorite colors and don’t forget to outline his eyes, toes, and the rest of him. When you are finished… use a little paint, (very diluted), to give him a little bit of a shadow effect.


You are done! He is too cute, and your kids have hopefully had a blast while discovering something brilliant about color, texture, and…turtles!




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