Project #1 FISH MOBILE

     How would you like some fish that swim in the air? Fish you will not have to feed. And a school of fish that will continue to swim in your dreams. You can hang them in your room and see them swim whenever you are there. You could even add characters from your favorite cartoons and movies. All you will need is a template, drawing or most important of all, IMAGINATION.

     For this project we are going to make a tropical fish mobile. The materials you will need are:

          Art board 40# (white) use 20# art board if you are going to cut it with scissors.
          Scissors or Xacto knife.
          Watercolor Paints or Color Markers, Crayola makes some very interesting varieties of marker pens.
          A cold or hot glue gun (hot only if a parent or teacher is present to supervise)[optional].
          Metal coat hangers.
          Lineman's' pliers or regular pliers for cutting the coat hangers.
          A 3/8 or 1/2 inch dowel rod.
          A large sewing needle.
          Some string, sewing thread or clear lightweight fishing.
          Krylon No. 1306 Workable Fixatif spray coating.
          Parent or teacher please use the fixative outside and allow the pictures to completely dry before you bring
          them back into the house.


     On the black line drawings below you can right click on your picture and left click on copy. Then you can go to your paint or drawing program and paste the picture. You may also resize and print your drawing or just put a piece of tracing paper over the drawing on the monitor and trace it there.

     Just pick one of the fish to be just about twice as large as the rest. This will be the anchor fish on the bottom of the mobile. The rest of the fish should be around the same size so they will weigh approximately the same. This is important for a good balance in your mobile. You will also want to cut out different circle sizes to add to your mobile for balance when necessary.

     After you have copied all the fish or drawn all of the fish you can color them anyway that you want. After you have colored your fish on one side, let the art board dry, then take it outside and spray a coat of fixative over the colored side of your fish. Once it is dry, color the white side of the fish and repeat the spraying portion of the lesson to that side. In the photograph of the mobile I completed I used some Crayola watercolor markers. They come in a different variety of interesting types. They come in a different variety of interesting types and can create some very interesting effects.

     You may also want to cut out some different sized circles from -inch, -inch and 1 inch so you can use them if the fish need to be counter balanced, cut out about six of each. They can also enhance the look of your mobile by creating the illusion of bubbles coming from the fish.

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