Let’s learn how to make black glue Earth art! What better way to honor our planet as Earth Day approaches than by creating a unique art project? Enable your artistic talents and make a statement with this captivating Black Glue Art Project for Earth Day!


What is Black Glue Art?

Black glue art is a creative technique that uses black glue, typically made by mixing black acrylic paint with white school glue, to outline designs or images on a surface. Once the glue outlines dry, their spaces are filled with watercolor paints or other coloring mediums.

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This technique creates a striking contrast and showcases intricate designs. Black glue art is often used for various projects, including this Earth Day art, mandalas, and other intricate designs like our black glue Jellyfish!

Black Glue Earth Art Project

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Materials Needed:

  • Printable Earth template (below)
  • Black glue (homemade or store-bought)
  • Watercolor paper or heavy-duty cardstock
  • Watercolor paints or liquid watercolors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
  • Optional: masking tape, glitter, or other decorative materials


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    STEP 1: Print the Earth template provided above. Depending on the size of your artwork, you can resize it according to your preference. Don’t want to use the template, freehand your own version of the Earth!

    STEP 2: To prevent any mess, lay down some newspaper or a protective covering on your workspace. Then, place your printed Earth template on top.

    STEP 3: If you don’t have black glue, you can easily make your own by mixing black acrylic paint with white school glue. Stir until the color is consistent throughout. If desired, add black paint directly to the squeeze bottle.

    STEP 4: Using the black glue, carefully trace the outlines of the continents on the Earth template.

    TIP: Learn about the 7 continents with these printable continent worksheets.


    STEP 5: Allow the black glue outlines to dry completely. Depending on the thickness of the glue and the humidity in your environment, this may take a couple of hours.

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    STEP 6: Once the black glue is dry, it’s time to bring your Earth to life with colors! Use watercolor paints or liquid watercolors to fill in the continents and oceans. Experiment with different shades and blending techniques to achieve the desired effect.

    Learn more about using watercolors and techniques and making homemade ones here.


    STEP 7: Get creative and add extra details to your Earth artwork. Use a fine-tip brush to add highlights or shadows, or sprinkle glitter over the oceans for a sparkling touch.


    Why Do Black Glue Art?

    Contrast and Visual Appeal: The use of black glue outlines against vibrant watercolor paints creates a striking contrast that captivates attention.

    Intricate Detailing: Black glue allows for precise outlining, enabling artists to create intricate details and patterns easily. This aspect of black glue art encourages kids to focus on fine motor skills and attention to detail, fostering their artistic development.

    Creativity and Experimentation: Black glue art encourages creativity and experimentation as kids explore different color combinations, blending techniques, and design ideas.

    Hands-On Learning: Black glue art provides a hands-on learning experience for kids, allowing them to explore concepts such as color theory, shapes, and spatial awareness tangibly and enjoyably.

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    Additional Black Glue Art Projects

    You can use the black glue technique with any art printable on our website. Try out a mandala or one of these spring coloring pages that include a rainbow, flower, and butterfly.

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    Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started

    Here are a few resources to help you introduce art more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

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