Saturday Art Challenge


Creating Waves

Hello!! Welcome to another weekend art challenge!

The images above are of the progress of a painting that I created using scrap paper, a sponge and a palette knife. Finishing off our water themed week – I thought it would be nice to create some waves on paper. The great thing about doing this, is that it’s fun, easy and any mess just creates great texture for your ocean picture.

Here are the steps I took:

Step 1: Create a basic background with dark colours. I used a sponge to make a textured blueish sky. A palette knife to create lines of dark blue for an ocean, and another clean sponge to create a sandy / rocky beach texture.

Step 2: I found some old tracing paper and cut out jagged wave shapes. I stuck these over my ocean and onto the beach to try to represent the white horses washing into the shore line.

Step 3: Once I had my background sorted I used a painting sponge to keep adding layers and splashes of colour. You will see that I left a patch of white in the sky to represent the sun and light filtering through clouds.

Have fun! See what happens!! Scrunched up paper tissue also makes great textures, as does water colour paint when painting on to a wet surface.

Let me know how you get on!
Best wishes,


Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

2 thoughts on “Saturday Art Challenge

  1. Hi Emma I posted a comment on your blog. I was going to send you this colouring I did about 7 years ago. I did a lot of colouring in as I was recovering from hospital it was very relaxing for me. From the book by Johanna Basford ‘The Secret Garden’. I set of 70 odd different colours makes a big difference. Love Woo


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