As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Kids’ Rub Art 1: Fish

Welcome to a new week here on DDoA! This week I bring you some simple ways for kids to make impressions on paper.

I will show you how you can use some ‘trashable’, ‘recyclable’ or whatever sort of textured plastic you have lying around the house to make beautiful art templates that will bring many hours of art fun at home or in school.


  • any textured plastic
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • fish shape cut from foam board or wood

Let’s begin…

Step 1- Scout your house for plastic containers, mats, cups with interesting texture


Step 2- Cut your own fish template from foam board or use store-bought fish shape.

Step 3- Cut your textured pieces and adhere to different areas of the fish using a glue gun.
Note: If your plastic is thin, make sure you give the glue time to cool a little before adhering plastic piece to prevent plastic from melting.

There you go- you just made a beautiful textured plastic fish template. Now you can start rubbing some art onto paper.

You’ll need:
-thin paper (like bond paper)
-crayons (i used TRIGO brand)
-masking tape


Step 1- Tape the template onto a clipboard to secure it.


Step 2-  Use bond paper, marker paper, or whatever you have at home that’s thin, but not too thin that it tears with the touch of crayons.


Step 3 – COLOR!!! Below are the crayon colors I used:

Top fish: yellow, orange, light blue, purple

Bottom fish: pink, light blue, purple


Step 4- Insert corrugated foam sheet under bond paper and make wavelike impressions between and around the two fish.


Kids’ Rub Art 1: Fish
Project Concept & Execution by Paulina Constancia on Daily Dose of Art

Note: You can make more marine life shapes like seahorse, starfish, eel,shells, etc.using other exciting textured plastic.
Indeed, the possibilities are endless!



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This entry was posted on April 7, 2014 by in Create, Teach and tagged .
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