Hello! I am super excited to welcome artist and teacher, Alissa Crafter to share regularly with Multiples and More some new craft activities this year! Here is a really fun watercolour activity that her class has used in classes a few times for mini-artists as young as 3 and as old as 15!

Kids seem to love using pipettes and making mess – and the washy effect of blotted watercolour paints make this a great medium for this watery project.

Our Supplies

  • 80 gsm paper (photocopy paper)
  • watercolour paints (the concentrated type in a tube)
  • pipettes
  • Paint Palettes (we use ice cube trays for watercolours because they are deeper than standard palettes)
  • Water container for cleaning brushes and pipettes
  • cloths for blotting (cotton works great)
  • Fish Template
  • PVA Glue
  • Paintbrushes

Step 1: First of all we drew a standard fish template onto A3 paper and cut it out. Then we cut out 6cm circles from the photocopy paper.

We mixed up the water colour concentrates with more water than we usually would use. The paint needs to be thick enough to still have deep clour but thin enough to suck up through a pipette.


Step 2: Now comes the fun part! Suck up the paint into a pipette and squirt it at your paper circles. Every couple of circles stop to blot the excess liquid off the circle.

You will be left with a watery looking smudge of colour on each circle.

  1. Ask your mini-artists to take note of the colours you are using. What happens when they mix? This is a great opportunity to teach how blue and yellow make green, and red and blue make purple etc.
  2. Try varying the ratios of colour. Lots of yellow vs a little blue, then lots of blue with a little yellow. How do the colours differ?
  3. Also take note of which colours mixed together make a muddy brown colour (purple and yellow, or red and green, or blue and orange do this)

We made way too many circles because we were having so much fun with all the squirting andCreate your Own Water Colour Rainbow Fish blotting, but we were happy we did because it gave us a good selection of circles to choose our favourites. We also loved putting the circles in order of where they would fall on the spectrum (orange next to yellow next to green next to blue etc).

You need about 15-20 circles for each A3 fish. Once you feel like you have enough you’re ready to turn them into fish scales!

We painted the fish head and tail with some left over watercolour paints before we started sticking the scales on. For the eye we have used pom poms, or googly eyes, or stickers – you could also paint an eye on if that’s all you have at hand. Next we coated the body of the fish in PVA glue. Start sticking the scales on from the TAIL END.

This is important to make the scales look like they overlap in the same direction. Once they are stuck on, let dry and hang. We’ve decided we’re going to make an aquarium… fish, jellyfish, seaweed – stay tuned for jellyfish instructions.


Alissa Crafter is the creative behind Artlis Studios, a small studio on the Gold Coast that reaches out to mini-artists and encourages them to express themselves with paint, pencils and mess. The studios aim is to support and inspire mini-artists to reach their own unique brand of creative genius. Her art and craft projectsare all tested on groups of children of all ages and she shares with us her most popular lessons. See more art project ideas and find out about Artlis Studios lessons at www.artlis.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/artlisstudios/    


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