Creation Station

Stained Glass Watercolors

Creating watercolors that look like stained glass paintings

Painting with watercolors is a fun and safe activity for children of all ages. Here’s a simple twist that adds a whole new dimension to the classic family-friendly craft: black glue. Using black glue gives the painting a stained glass appearance and keeps the paint inside the lines when even the youngest of painters swipe their brushes across the page.

Here’s How to Do It:

Materials Needed

  • Watercolor paints
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor brushes
  • 1 4-oz. bottle of Elmer’s glue
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Pencil
  • Plastic cup or jar half-filled with water (for paints)


  • Pour half the bottle of glue into another container and seal it for use at a later time. Add black acrylic paint to the remaining glue in the bottle until the glue is a deep black color.
  • Screw the glue bottle’s lid on tightly and shake. Sometimes it helps if you use a wooden skewer to stir first.
  • Use a pencil to sketch your design on the watercolor paper.
  • Trace the outline of the sketch with black glue.
  • Allow the glue to dry overnight.
  • Paint the rest of your design with watercolor paint.
  • Let your painting dry.


More Info


  • The consistency of the black glue is important. It should still be thick; add only enough black paint to give the glue a dark color, but no more.
  • Other colors can be used for the glue, but dark colors are preferred because lighter colors don’t pop as much on white paper.
  • If working with very young kids, you might want to sketch the design and drizzle the glue for them.



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