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Art For Families - April 27, 2021

Today's art activity for you to do at home:

Foil Fish

On Tuesdays at 11am we go "live" on our YouTube and Facebook pages with art for #families.

By using mixed media, we will be creating a piece of art that looks like it came right from the sea! With salt effects on ink, and foil rubbings in Today’s Tuesday Live Art at the MAG.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

Wet-on-wet refers to the act of applying fresh paint onto a wet surface or on to paint that is still wet.

Embossing in art is producing raised patterns on the surface of metal, leather, textiles, paper, and other substances.

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork, For example, if you draw with ink, then paint over it with watercolours, then add some highlights in coloured pencil– that’s mixed media!

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!


You can download the instructions in a pdf format here.

What You Need: Sheet of watercolour paper, teal or blue ink or watercolours, large brush, water, paper towel, permanent markers in various colours, scissors, textured produce bag, green or masking tape, table salt, glue stick.

Step 1. Use the wet on wet method to paint the water a blue or teal colour. Add more colour to certain areas to give the paper more of a ‘water’ look.

*You may also want to sprinkle on some salt on the wet areas to create more of a ‘water’ look!

Step 2. While the ‘water’ is drying, draw a few simple fish shapes with black permanent marker on your piece of tinfoil.

Step 3. Tape the edges of the tinfoil to a produce bag. Using your fingernails, press the foil into the bag so that the foil now has the texture of the bag.

*If there are still really wet spots on your ‘water’, use paper towel to blot some of the wetness off before moving on to the next step.

Step 4. Colour in the fish with permanent maker and cut out the fish when finished.

Step 5. When your ‘water’ is dry, brush the salt off, glue your fish on, and then show off your art!

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