Touch & Feel Texture Art

Create an art project with a difference! This magical picture is made using a glue gun, then watercolour is brushed over the top to reveal the picture beneath. Children can explore texture by running their hands over the dried 3D glue and trying to guess what each other’s pictures are.

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Plug in the glue gun and give it ten minutes, resting on a piece of scrap paper, to get the glue flowing.
  2. Take a piece of white card and, using the glue gun as though it were a pen, draw on a picture of shape. It doesn’t need to be done in one long stroke, and don’t worry if you get thin, stringy strands of glue on your picture – these can be rubbed off afterwards, once the glue has dried.
  3. Leave to dry – this shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes. Rub away any stringy bits of glue before you start painting, they should come away easily.
  4. Then dip your paint into water, then your chosen colour in the watercolour palette and appy colour over the top. It doesn’t matter of paint appears to cling to the glue in places.
  5. Once the entire picture is covered in paint, put to one side and leave to dry. When dry, run a finger over the raised glue outline, cleaning any areas where thicker bits of paint has stuck. The picture has been revealed!

Top Tip

Make sure you use a light coating of paint so it doesn’t soak through the card too much, just enough colour to create contrast with the clear glue outline.

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