Sailing Boat Collage

I created this project as a way to experiment with various paint techniques. I love the way that they turned out! This is not an activity to do in an afternoon - rather one to spread over a week or longer - each of the underlying "paintings" can be created separately in advance.

Sailing Boat Collage

Project Info

Difficulty Slightly challenging
Duration Multiple days
Age 5+
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  • 3 Popsicle (lollipop) sticks
  • Construction Paper (Blue, White, Brown)
  • Foil
  • Googly Eyes
  • Paint
  • Puffy Paint
  • Tissue Paper


    1. Using watercolor salt resist techniques (see instructions elsewhere on this site) create a blue green background for the sea on white construction paper. Once dry, cut this to size so that you might stick it onto the bottom of a piece of blue construction paper filling approximately a half of the paper - cutting a wave shape into the top. Glue in place
    2. Create a string painting using brown and black paint on brown construction paper (see instructions elsewhere on this site). Cut this into a boat shape and stick on the top of the waves.
    3. Create a foil painting (see instructions elsewhere on this site). Cut fish shapes from the foil and stick them under the boat in the water - stick a single googly eye on each fish.
    4. Using a marker pen, color a popsicle stick brown. Stick this on top of the boat as a mast.
    5. Use 2 further lollipop sticks to create a triangle - glue them together at the tip (this is the sail for the ship). Trace the shape of the triangle onto tissue paper and cut out. Glue the tissue paper to the triangle, and the triangle to the paper
    6. Make white puffy paint (see instructions elsewhere on this site). Paint clouds on the sky above the boat. Leave to dry


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    Useful supplies

    Crayola 24 Ct Washable Watercolors Easy to Clean Up, 24 Bright Washable Watercolor Paints, 1 Paintbrush, Ages 3+
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    SunWorks Smart-Stack Construction Paper, 11 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 300 Sheets
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    DMD Tissue Value Packs 20 Inch by 26 Inch 100/Package, Assorted
    Norpro Wooden Treat Sticks, 100 Pieces
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    Creative Arts by Creative Arts by Charles Leonard Wiggle Eyes, Peel'n Stick, Black, Assorted Sizes, 100/Bag (64530)
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