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Fish Bowl

Designed by Kristin Ball

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Main supplies:

  • ef plast® Modeling Clay – Air drying
  • Fimo® Modeling Material – oven hardening
  • Elmer’s® Squeeze ‘n Brush® Washable Paint Brushes
  • Elmer’s® Painters® Opaque Paint Markers - Neon and Bright colors
  • Elmer’s® 3D™ Washable Paint Pens

Basic Supplies:

  • Glass fish bowl
  • Modeling clay tools
  • Elmer’s® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
  • Freezer or wax paper- low tack masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towels
  • Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Small bowl with water
  • Optional: Assorted glass, marbles, plastic plants for inside bowl

Fish Pattern (PDF)


  1. Cover your work surface with freezer paper, shiny side up or wax paper. 
  2. Pull off a small piece of the efaplast® air-dry modeling clay.  Work with fingers till smooth. 
  3. Create different coral shapes.  Roll out two “snakes” of clay, a long and short piece.  Push together at one end to form a single piece.  Dip finger into water to smooth edges and to adhere clay to itself. 
  4. Use end of brush to create indentions along clay to create look of coral. 
  5. Create star fish, shells and different coral with same technique by using end of brush or toothpicks for detail.
  6. Let pieces dry following package instructions. Turn over half way through for even drying. After thoroughly dry, use sandpaper to sand off any rough edges.
  7. Pull off a few paper towels and set aside.  Start flow of green and brown Squeeze n’ Brush paints following label instructions.  Swipe paint over top and edges of tall coral piece, leaving some areas unpainted – mostly in indentions.  Use a paper towel to lightly wipe away color creating dimension.  Swipe a thin amount of brown toward base of coral and wipe away for a shadow effect.
  8. Paint in the following pieces: Starfish: pink base, orange, then yellow highlight.  Shells: Purple at base, blue toward edges.  Yellow coral: Yellow base, orange over top.  Let dry.
  9. Loosely cut out fish shapes.  Add a small round of tape to front of pattern then press to inside of bowl positioning toward top of bowl.
  10. Start each color of Neon Paint Markers following label instructions.  Fill in each area of fish with color shown.   Black and White were used from Bright colors set.  Let paints dry before adding another color next to it – this will prevent blending of colors.  Dots of color can be added if desired. 
  11. To create bubbles, add a few dots of white from each fish then while wet add a dot of neon blue to bubble.  Let dry.
  12. Lay bowl flat on work surface.  Position clay pieces where desired.  Add dots of Tacky Glue to back of each piece and press into place.  Let dry.
  13. Optional: Create small coral pieces using Fimo® Modeling Material. Bake in oven according to manufacturer’s instructions. Place clay coral pieces in bottom of fish bowl or fill the bowl with rocks, marbles plastic greenery or anything desired. 

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Sponsored by Elmer’s® Products, Inc.


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