Alphabet Wall: Making…s for seahorse

Continuing on the Genesis creation theme…it was a toss up between s for snake and s for seahorse.

We recently borrowed Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle from the library, and I spent a long time admiring the pictures.

Eric Carle is truly a master illustrator and storyteller. Click on this link to read more about how he creates his tissue paper collages.

So…I started thinking, now wouldn’t it be fun to let the kids paint their own tissue paper seahorse… 

That being said, I am no master illustrator and as you now know from my previous post, my little craft collaborators (yes, we’ve started including our 20-month-old, DS, for selected alphabet craft!) allow me five, ten minutes maximum attention span before wanting to move onto something else.  🙂

It is an entirely different method, but hey, my three-bullet-point sales pitch is – it calls for materials you already have in your home, takes two minutes to prepare and ten minutes to finish (minus waiting time for drying).  😉

You will need the following materials: tissue paper (regular facial tissue will do), artblock sheet, poster paints, brushes, PVA glue.

1. In a small dish, mix one part of PVA glue to one part water and stir till evenly mixed in a white watery texture.

2. Put small dobs of paint of various colours in your palette. Not too much as you want your paints to be fairly watery.
3. Pour a little PVA glue mix into each of the sections. Mix well with the paint colour.

4. Divide your artblock sheet into two halves. Set aside the second half for later.

5. Place a sheet of tissue paper on the first sheet.

6. Here’s the technique – Dip your paintbrush in the colour of your choice, touch it gently to the tissue paper, and let the colour bleed into the tissue. Keep going till you’ve covered the whole tissue paper square with a rainbow of colours.

7. Set aside to dry. Eat lunch. Play a game. Take a nap.

Ready for the second part? You will need a marker, scissors, PVA glue and the second half of your artblock sheet.

8. When your painted tissue paper has dried, notice how it’s now stuck to the artblock sheet, thanks to the PVA glue mix.  😀
9. Using a marker, draw the outline of your own Mister Seahorse.

10. Cut out your seahorse. Also cut out the little fin and spikes, a tiny dark circle for the pupil of the seahorse’s eye, and a slightly larger white circle for the white of the eye.


11. Paste your seahorse onto the second half of your artblock sheet.

As with our recent alphabet wall crafts, DD traces out the word “seahorse”.

Done! 🙂


And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. ~ Genesis 1: 20- 23


 Oh and if you are interested, click here for our other Eric Carle inspired Alphabet Wall craft piece: C for caterpillar.  🙂


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