Posted in Crafts, Makerspace, Passive Programs

It’s Craft Time: Black Glue Watercolors

Like you, we have lots of artsy teens and we also have younger teens who just like to paint. This is a great activity because challenges the artistic teens and it’s cool enough for the teen who just likes to paint. There are some great examples on Pinterest.

Budget: Depends on what supplies you already own.

Supplies Needed:aesxjvtzsh+%vew5emt+tq

  1. White glue (We used Elmer’s glue)
  2. Black acrylic paint
  3. Watercolor paper or acrylic paper
  4. Watercolors (paint or pencils)
  5. Acrylic paint
  6. Watercolor brushes and normal paint brushes
  7. Water
  8. Craft stick
  9. Pencil


  • Pre-mix the black glue
    • Pour black paint into your glue bottle and mix with the craft stick.
    • We pre-mixed four bottles but you can do as many as you want.
  • There are two ways to do it-watercolors or acrylic.
    • I personally like acrylic painting because the color pops and everyone can do acrylic paints.
    • Watercoloring needs to be taught so learn how to use watercolors then give teens a crash course. Simply search beginner watercolors on Youtube and you are on your way.
      • In my opinion, watercolor pencils are better than paints for beginners because you can’t get the color wrong.
  • Whichever medium you use, have teens draw a picture. In the example below, the blue picture was done using watercolors and drawn free hand. The other was done using acrylic paints and was drawn with a protractor. For me, an artistically challenged person, the picture using a protractor was easier for me and took half the time. Asking non-artsy teens to do a picture like the tree can be intimidating while drawing basic lines is more approachable. You know your teens; it’s your choice what you want to put out for them.
  • Paint the picture first because it dries quickly.
    • During our program, we provided donuts for teens to eat while their painting dried. You can have them do a second painting while their first one dries. It’s up to you.
  • Give teens scratch paper to practice outlining with the black glue-there’s a bit of a learning curve.
  • Once their painting has dried, outline with the black glue.
    • This will take about 20 minutes to dry so they can come back to get it or carefully take it home to dry.

It’s a really cool looking art project and it’s cheap and easy. You can have it as a two hour program or a passive drop in. It’s great for school age kids and well as adults because I had a great time practicing.




YA Librarian. Lover of Sherlock. And all Things Harry Potter.

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