Painted Goldfish Ball

Smoothfoam Painted Goldfish Ball by Carmen Flores Tanis Main

Where do fish go when they get dressed up? Why, they go to the Goldfish Ball of course! This humorous take on an aquarium is made with a painted Smoothfoam ball that is perched on a tiny glass fish bowl. It’s easy to make and guaranteed to make you smile!

Supplies:

One 8” Smoothfoam ball (two half balls)
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Acrylic paints – deep yellow, orange, four different shades of blue
Scrap plastic sheet
Westcott Brand Scissors / Craft Knife / Cutting Mat
Orange paint pen
Black permanent marker
Paper tape
Clear acrylic sealer – gloss
Paint brushes – four of various sizes / plastic dish
Glass container for base
Plastic green sushi grass

1.  Glue together the two halves of the Smoothfoam ball.  TIP – keep the ball from rolling around by setting it on the roll of paper tape.

Smoothfoam Painted Goldfish Ball by Carmen Flores Tanis Step Out 1

2.  Starting with the darkest shade of blue paint and a large brush, paint large scrolls all over the Smoothfoam ball.

Smoothfoam Painted Goldfish Ball by Carmen Flores Tanis Step Out 3

 3.  Continue with the next lighter shade of blue and use a slightly smaller brush to paint smaller scrolls on the ball. Repeat for the last two shades of blue, switching to smaller brushes and reducing the size of the scrolls.

Smoothfoam Painted Goldfish Ball by Carmen Flores Tanis Step Out 4 4. Print out the artwork for the fish here. Draw the fish on the piece of scrap plastic (I used an old plastic folder) with the permanent marker. Cut the fish out with the craft knife to make two stencils.

Smoothfoam Painted Goldfish Ball by Carmen Flores Tanis Step Out 5 5.  Trace the fish stencils onto the painted ball using the orange paint pen. Fill in the traced shapes with yellow and orange paint.

Smoothfoam Painted Goldfish Ball by Carmen Flores Tanis Step Out 6 6.  Add details with the black permanent marker. Seal with a coat of clear acrylic. Put a few pieces of green sushi grass in the glass container and set the fish ball on top.

 

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About Carmen Flores Tanis

Carmen Flores Tanis is a mixed media artist, crafter and designer who loves to make things! She specializes in combining humble materials in unusual and unexpected ways. A Designer Member of the Craft and Hobby Association, Carmen has on online craft supply store and teaches craft classes regularly in Southern California. Her secret to crafting happiness is "patience, practice and power tools."

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