Jellyfish Painting

I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is, hands down, the best aquarium I've ever visited. If you can't visit in person, I highly recommend the Live Jelly Cam. It's really relaxing. Spend some time watching, then paint your own peaceful jellyfish scene. Jellyfish come in a huge variety of colors and sizes, with varying tentacle lengths. They can move in any direction by pushing jets of water from their bodies to propel forward. So no matter how your painted jellyfish look, they're perfect. 

Jellyfish Painting


  • watercolor paper
  • acrylic paint (blue, white, orange, red, yellow)
  • toothpick 


Paint the paper blue and let it dry completely. Then paint white blobs where you want the jellyfish to be. Let the paint dry. 

Layer orange paint over the white to make the jellyfish bodies. While the paint is still wet, add a stroke of red to each body. Then mix a small amount of yellow with the orange and use it to drag tentacles from the body. 

Add definition to the tentacles with a toothpick or skinny dowel. 


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