Finger painting – Aquarium

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We have been busy last weekend – went and bought a lot of craft supplies..
A4 Sheets, Brushes, black liners, 14 color water color tubes, All surface Acrylic colors, glitter glue, metallic sprays. I love to mix different mediums πŸ™‚ and you’ll see that in our next project.



Happy fish in an aquarium

Finger painting aquarium




 What you need for this activity-
  1. A4 sheet folded in half or buy a white greeting card to paint upon.
  2. Ultramarine Blue water color mixed to form a very watery mixture for the aquarium water
  3. Red, Yellow, Green, brown acrylic colors for the fishes, plants & stones.
  4. Black sketch pen for the outline.
  5. White acrylic color for bubbles.






Finger painting aquarium
Step By step





Steps: [See L-R]

  1. Fold the A4 sheet in half , take the biggest brush and let your child wash over the entire surface. Once the side is painted, take a cloth and wipe off any wet paint from L to right. Paint the child’s thumb in a color of your choice. I like to use acrylic colors for this instead of water color because it gives a shiny n thick layer. Hold hand and place strategically as seen in 1st pic. Use as many colors as you need.
  2. Paint forefinger brown and make the stones at the lower part.
  3. Now’s your turn to be creative.. turn the finger prints into happy fishes using black sketch pen.
  4. Add some effects – some aquatic plants, bubbles and an outline and you have your colorful aquarium ready to be gifted .. [Click to enlarge]



PS: At each step, make sure that the paper is dry before adding new items.




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  1. @swaram : ya we are having fun.. I shud thank my mom cos she is very creative too! Just passing along what i learnt πŸ˜‰
    @MiM : Will do the post soon. & heres the pic of the lil artist

  2. this is SO CUTE!
    this is such a great idea!! wow shruti!

    *also pliss to do a post on how to use paint and stuff with minimal mess*

    we are scared of finger-painted walls!

  3. and i just showed this to my firstborn who totally loved it:-)
    he wanted to see the pic of the li’l artiste . πŸ™‚

  4. shruti!
    I am pleased to report that we tried this @ home…:-)
    this evening.
    since i am not as artistic as you… we narrowed things down to just yellow paint and drawing only fish – no water , no leaves, no stones no air bubbles

    and it still looks so cute!
    firstborn and me took turns.
    we also turned some into sunflowers:-)
    thanks πŸ™‚

  5. @MiM : Share the pics!! share the pics plssssss!! πŸ™‚ I’ll put up other kids art work too. mail it to shruti(underscore)va(at)yahoo(dot)com
    *muah* lots of kisses to FB.

  6. @The print lover: Yes it does!!! I am recalling all the stuff i had done with my mom ( my mom still has most my paintings) .. n teaching them to lil P. πŸ™‚ fun.

  7. my 2.5 year old son is mad about “fish”…since he is months old, I used to tell him a fish story..even now also, he insists me to tell all types of fish stories..I’m sure he would definitely love this “fish” activity…superb idea !!!