For a simple St Patrick’s Day art project, try this Watercolor Shamrock Art! Kids will love creating these beautiful shamrock paintings for St Patrick’s Day. Grab the free printable template at the bottom of the post!
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St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Art
This art project couldn’t be easier to set up. You only need watercolors and a black crayon to do this activity!
Kids can even take this a step further by adding black ink doodles inside the geometric shapes.
You can grab the free printable template at the bottom of the post.
Kids can choose traditional green colors, make a rainbow shamrock or paint them any color they’d like!
Add some more design to the shamrock by using a black pen to add doodles inside the shapes or practice line drawings.
Watch the Video Tutorial!
Supplies Needed To Make a Watercolor Shamrock
– Watercolors – here is a set with lots of colors
– Black crayon or Black oil pastel
– Shamrock template – you can get the templates on the bottom of the post
What is Better – Crayon or Oil Pastel?
Personally I like using the black crayon for this project for younger kids. The black crayon is easier to use (a little thinner and less thick) and you’re more likely to have it on hand!
For a more thicker outline, an oil pastel will give your final art a more rich appearance.
For younger kids, I would recommend skipping the crayon step and just let them color or paint the geometric shapes.
How to Make a Watercolor Shamrock Art Project
1. Start by printing off the shamrock art template.
You can get the free template at the bottom of the post.
You can also draw your own shamrocks and draw shapes inside of them.
2. Using a black crayon or a black oil pastel, trace the lines on the template.
You want the crayon or oil pastel lines to be thick so that it creates a nice outline between the watercolors. This will prevent the watercolors from bleeding into each other.
This step is optional but it helps to keep the colors from bleeding and also makes the design pop a little more.
For younger kids, I would skip this step and just let them paint the printable design.
Continue tracing until the full template is outlined.
3. Once your shamrock is outlined with black crayon, you can paint the inside shapes!
We used regular watercolors but you can also use liquid watercolors or kids can simply color the inside of the shape with a marker or crayon.
Alternate what colors you use to give the art a multi-color final appearance!
We used different colors of green but you can also add more than one paint layer to make the same color darker. To make the paint lighter in color, dilute with more water.
We love this art activity because every painting will turn out unique!
To add an even more artistic touch, use a black pen to draw doodles inside the geometric shapes once your watercolor has dried.
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Make sure you review the Print Preview before printing. Every printer is different so make sure you select “Print to Fit to Size” or look at the printer Scale Features (you can print at 90% scale) in your printer settings so that it does not print cut off if you are having issues.