A few months ago I discovered the amazingness of using black glue for art projects. The black glue almost gives the appearance of stained glass against the bright liquid watercolors when the art project is complete and it’s absolutely stunning! This seahorse black glue craft we are sharing today is a fabulous ocean themed craft that is perfect for the summer season. Since I know you’ll be obsessed with this technique after you try it, we’ve included links to more ocean themed black glue crafts at the bottom of this post for you to swoon over!
How to Make a Seahorse Black Glue Craft
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- seahorse black glue template ←Download the Seahorse Template
- mixed media paper (or watercolor paper)
- Elmer’s School Glue, 4 oz. bottle
- black acrylic paint
- food skewer (or stick for stirring)
- liquid watercolors
Head over to Red Ted Art to see how to turn this craft into bookmarks for your summer reading! Download the seahorse bookmark template HERE.
1. Start by mixing together your black glue. To do this, use a bottle of Elmer’s School Glue that is about 75% full. Open the lid and squeeze in a generous amount of black acrylic paint. Put the lid back onto the school glue and then shake, shake, shake the bottle of glue for several minutes to incorporate as much of the black paint as possible.
2. After shaking the bottle for several minutes, open the lid back up and use a food skewer or a stick to continue to mix and incorporate the black paint into the glue. When you look inside the bottle and see that all of the glue is now a black color put the lid back onto the glue bottle.
3. Download the seahorse black glue template and print it out on mixed media (or watercolor) paper. We had to trim down our paper to fit into our printer but it didn’t take long at all. Before beginning to trace the seahorse template with your black glue, test out the glue on a napkin. There will most likely be some white glue residue in the lid so you’ll need to squeeze it before you reach the black glue in the bottle.
4. Trace all of the lines on the seahorse template with your black glue then allow your black glue craft to dry overnight.
Black Glue Tracing Tip:
To ensure I get smooth lines with no black glue build up, I keep a napkin next to me when I work and regularly wipe the tip of the glue bottle onto the napkin. This removes any build up on the tip to ensure those smooth lines when tracing.
5. When your black glue is completely dry, get your liquid watercolors ready for use. Using a paintbrush, paint inside all the spaces in your seahorse black glue craft. To make a mixed watercolor look, paint the outside of each section with one color and then paint the inside of the section with a different color. If you’d like, paint a section outside of the seahorse blue to look like it is in the ocean.
6. Optional: When your watercolors have finished drying you can cut out around your seahorse. Or you can leave it on your mixed media paper and put it in a frame as a pretty piece of artwork in your home.
More awesome ocean themed black glue crafts:
Black Glue Jellyfish Craft | Arty Crafty Kids
Star Fish Black Glue Watercolor Art | Rhythms of Play
Octopus Watercolour Glue Resist Art | The Mad House
Rainbow Fish Craft | The Best Ideas for Kids
Turtle Black Glue Resist Art | Easy Peasy and Fun
Shark Black Glue Art | Red Ted Art
Printable Mermaid Posters | Artsy Momma
Black Glue Watercolor Sea Shells | The Pinterested Parent
Black Glue Rainbow Narwhal Art for Kids | hello, Wonderful
Nemo and Dory Black Glue Craft | Sunshine Whispers
Black Glue Snail Art | Fireflies and Mud Pies