Glossy Marker Art :: Kid Craft

Holy smokes where does the time go? Summer break starts in about two weeks here and I am stressing big time. Since I work from home full time I usually get the most done first thing in the morning after my two older boys head off to school. With the two littles I am making lots of breaks to change diapers, get juice or snacks. When I add the two older boys into the mix I fear I might be pulling my hair out.  The past week I have been thinking of something – anything to keep my kiddos busy through summer! Today I am sharing how to make glossy marker art with a few supplies you probably already have on hand!

My two oldest boys will be in First and Second grades next year so we have a long list of sight words to practice and keeping the letter sounds fresh in their minds helps a lot! I turned this craft into a learning activity with the boys and they didn’t even know it. For our glossy marker art we used the boys’ names but I asked them what sounds each letter in their name made and then asked them to think of a different word that started with the respective letter.

Glossy Marker Art - Kids Craft

For this craft you will need the following supplies:

  • Liquid School Glue
  • Markers
  • Watercolor paper (or a thick cardstock)
  • Pencil (optional)

Glossy Marker Art Directions:

  1. Use glue to draw a picture, name, letter or whatever your heart desires on a thick paper such as watercolor paper. Keep the glue lines rather thick because it will shrink down as it dries.
  2. Set the paper aside to dry for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Once the glue is dry start coloring over it with markers to create your one-of-a-kind glossy marker art!

I gave each boy a piece of watercolor paper and had them draw their name with glue. If they need to draw with a pencil and then trace with glue that is fine too! If you have younger kids or don’t trust your littles then you can do the glue part.

Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

Sometimes as you draw over the glue it makes a squeaking sounds which my boys thought was so fun – oh the things that amuse them!

It would be great to have a few glue drawings made up for the kids to color on a rainy day. We live in Florida and this time of year we get rain nearly every afternoon – this momma has to keep something on hand for sanities sake!

Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

Who would have though their old school supplies and a piece of watercolor paper would make something so cool? I used to love making these when I was younger and to be honest I wanted to make one when I saw the boys making theirs! I could see our last name done in glossy marker art and framed to make a cheap piece of interesting décor!

Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

What are you doing to keep the kiddos busy this summer!?


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About Kelsey

Kelsey is a wife and mom of four living in Central Florida. She shares recipes, crafts, DIY tutorials and so much more while keeping everything budget friendly.

One thought on “Glossy Marker Art :: Kid Craft

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