Jan 19, 2011

Swimming Sea Turtles

Inspiration: The activity is inspired by an activity in this book http://www.amazon.com/Usborne-Book-Art-Ideas/dp/0746038291 which has a lot of great activities.

These swimming sea turtles were created by some grade 2s a couple of years ago. They began by drawing their turtle and colouring in oil pastels. We then scrunched up the drawings into a ball (you should've seen some of the faces when I told them they had to do that!) to create an interesting texture. Once sufficiently flattened out again, students painted on a blue dye wash which gave them a wax resist and THEN we sprinkled on salt and watched the amazing watery patterns it created in the background! A fun project for challenging students to experiment with different mediums and techniques.


  1. These are beautiful! I will definitely be cataloging this into my mental repertoire :-) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi, Can you tell how to do the blue dye wash using salt?

    1. Hi Emily, the dye we use is called Edicol dye, which is pretty much a diluted food colouring dye. Paint on something like this over the oil pastel or crayon and then sprinkle on normal table salt whilst dye is still wet.


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