Wolf Art for Kids

This wolf art is made from a background of washable markers and a black silhouette!

Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

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We recently read the book From Wolf to Woof by Hudson Talbott – a lovely story of how wild wolves became friends with humans and turned into dogs.

The book follows an orphan wolf pup who slowly forms a relationship with an orphan boy. They discovered that through teamwork they could hunt better, play better and even keep each other warm at night! The book is beautifully illustrated and one of my favourite pages is this one with the howling wolves. After the success of our elephant watercolor sunset art, I decided to make some more silhouette art with my son.Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

Inspired by the beautiful Rainbow Rainy Day Art from Rhythms of Play, I decided to use washable markers and water spray to make the background.

My son and I filled a sheet of watercolor paper with scribbles using blue and grey pens.

Then we used a spray bottle filled with water to wet the picture, watching as the colors started to run into each other. (Note: the colors will run to whatever is under the paper – I placed a plastic placemat under each picture before spraying with water). 

At first you can still see distinct pen lines.Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

Try to avoid moving the picture and as the water dries the colors will merge into one pretty background picture!Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

The paper may start to curl and bend as it dries, so I had to weight ours down to get it flat again!

The next day I printed a howling wolf silhouette and cut it out. I traced it onto some black card using a white pencil. Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

I used a craft knife and cutting board to cut out the two parts around the wolf’s legs, but if you use a different silhouette then you might not need to do this.Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

My son cut out the wolf – he did a pretty good job!Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

Then we glued on a small strip of black card for the ground, and then glued on the wolf.Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

I love art projects where my son’s doesn’t really look much different from mine! This is his:Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

And this is mine – just slightly neater on the silhouette, and my background got a bit wrinkled when I was drying it!

Wolf Art for Kids - silhouette wolf with a background made from markers and water!

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