Coral Reef Craft – Black Glue Resist

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, has the world’s largest coral reef. Over 600 types of hard and soft coral make their home there. The reef provides a perfect environment for countless other marine animals, making it a truly unique and beautiful habitat. Make our coral reef craft and bring the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef home!

Coral Reef Craft Materials

Coral Reef Craft Directions

Before you start the project you will need to make (or purchase) black glue. To make your own you will need to mix 3 parts glue to 1 part black acrylic paint. We like to purchase the small 1.25 ounce bottles of glue which we tint different colors. You can then use the bottles to squeeze out the glue.

Coral Reef Craft

Coral Reef Craft

Coral Reef Craft

Look at various corals in books or on the internet. You can use the pattern of coral we have provided or draw your own. For this project it is best to keep the shapes simple.

Coral Reef Craft

You can draw directly on water color paper or transfer your drawing or the pattern to water color paper. To do that, turn your drawing over and cover the back of the drawing with pencil. It doesn’t need to be solid but make sure it is covered anywhere there are lines on the other side.

Coral Reef Craft

Turn the drawing over and tape it to your water color paper.

Coral Reef Craft

Pressing hard, trace over your drawing with a pen.

Coral Reef Craft

The pencil from the backside of your drawing will be transferred to your water color paper.

Coral Reef Craft

Go over all your lines with the black glue. Don’t worry if it is not even or if you get some globs. It will actually make your picture more interesting! Allow your glue to dry overnight. It must be completely dry before you add watercolors to your drawing.

Coral Reef Craft

Coral Reef Craft

Coral Reef Craft

Use watercolors to paint your picture.

Coral Reef Craft

Coral Reef Craft

After your watercolors have dried, you can add detail to your painting with the black glue. Again, let it dry overnight before handling the painting!

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Coral Reef Craft

 

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