2. Turtle Tutorial

2. Turtle Tutorial

Welcome to the first of hopefully many Goldfinch craft tutorials in which I’d like to share with you the making process for some of our creations. Kicking off with one of the simplest, the paper turtle. This one is especially good because your very little ones can participate too!

You will need

  • Watercolour paper (we use FABRIANO ACCADEMIA PAD 240GSM). 100 sheets for £25. Any standard watercolour paper will work, around the 200gram thickness is good.
  • Watercolour paint (we use ECOLINE LIQUID WATERCOLOUR PRIMARY COLOURS 30ML. A set of 5 cost £15. The jars are small, but they do go far, mix 1/2 water to half watercolour (experiment, the less water the more vivid the colours). It does stain fingers and clothes so cover your work surface and wear an art apron or old tshirt . Cake watercolour is perfect too, if you go this route, just apply water onto your surface first and apply paint with a brush.
  • Circle punch in 2 sizes (one for body, one for head), the ones from Hobby Craft or similar are perfect.
  • Scissors
  • Glue (any non toxic PVA if applied by kids)
  • Lolly stick

  1. Prepare your watercolour paper

Wet your paper with a brush and using a pipette or dropper, drop the colour onto your page, choose another and watch the colours blend into each other. We choose no more than 2 or 3 cool colours (green, blue and purple) or warm (pink, yellow, orange). Let your paper dry.

2. Punch out the circles

Using your circle punch, punch out 7 large circles (6 for the body, 1 for the large flipper) and 7 small circles (6 for the body, 1 for the small flipper).

3. Make the body and head

Fold the circles in half (colour side inwards). After folding all your circles, glue the 6 large circles together. Glue is placed on the white side. Once completed do the same with the 6 small circles.

4. Make your flippers and tail

Cut the remaining large circle in half and do the same for the small circle. Cut a triangle from your original watercolour paper for the tail. Glue the flippers onto your turtle body.

5. Complete your turtle and play

Position and glue the body, head and tail onto the lolly stick….and play. They make great turtle shadows if you get the right angle of light shining onto a wall!