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Simple activities to make your Arctic unit come to life!
27 Dec, 2015. 6 Comments. . Posted By: Kristen Smith

how to paint the northern lights

I blogged about our process painting the Northern Lights last year and you can read the blog post by clicking here.

This year we used the same process however, I upgraded my water colors and I really like the way the colors swirled this year!

Painting the Northern LightsPainting the Northern Lights

 Painting the Northern Lights

Briefly, to complete this art project we used a wet on wet painting technique. For this, you first paint the paper with water so that it is wet and then I had my students use their favorite colors of the northern lights to fill the page. After the page was covered, they sprinkled salt over their painting. The salt creates a lovely effect.

Painting the Northern Lights

After the paint dried, we added the black silhouette mountains and displayed them!

I hope that you will try some of these activities with your students or child. Mine loved them!!

Happy planning!

(If you would like any of the printables, centers, or guided reading activities, they are all available in my pack, “The Wild Arctic.” Click HERE to get it. 

Love, Kristen

 

6 Comments
  1. Hi Kristen, thank you for your great posts. Could you please explain what crisco is?
    Thanks and Happy New Year!
    Rebecca

    • He Rebecca! I’m so glad you like these posts! Crisco is vegetable shortening. You can get it (I’m pretty sure) in the baking section of your grocery store.

  2. Kim -

    Your posts are amazing, and are so engaging and easy to take right into the classroom. Thank you!

  3. I would like to do this craft for a summer school this summer – I am curious if the water paint that you linked to would be enough to make 60 crafts?

    Thanks!

    • I would probably purchase two sets to complete 60 crafts. I have had my bottles for three years now but I use it sparingly and pour every last drop back into the bottles when we are finished using them. I would hate for you to run out! It’s great paint so if you end up with extra, I’m sure you can use it again!! 🙂

  4. Hey! Love this watercolor painting so much. What type of paper did you use? Thank you!

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  • Hi Kristen, thank you for your great posts. Could you please explain what crisco is?
    Thanks and Happy New Year!
    Rebecca

    • He Rebecca! I’m so glad you like these posts! Crisco is vegetable shortening. You can get it (I’m pretty sure) in the baking section of your grocery store.

  • Kim -

    Your posts are amazing, and are so engaging and easy to take right into the classroom. Thank you!

  • I would like to do this craft for a summer school this summer – I am curious if the water paint that you linked to would be enough to make 60 crafts?

    Thanks!

    • I would probably purchase two sets to complete 60 crafts. I have had my bottles for three years now but I use it sparingly and pour every last drop back into the bottles when we are finished using them. I would hate for you to run out! It’s great paint so if you end up with extra, I’m sure you can use it again!! 🙂

  • Hey! Love this watercolor painting so much. What type of paper did you use? Thank you!

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