Insect Wings in Watercolor

What We’re Practicing

  • symmetry
  • oil vs water
  • cool vs warm
  • salt texture


  • paper – use thick mixed media or watercolor paper
  • pencil
  • oil pastels
  • watercolors – we’re using Blick Liquid Watercolors
  • brushes
  • water
  • salt
  • templates (you can draw by hand but here is a printable PDF of a variety of insect wings if you need it)

Draw, Paint, and Salt

Video Walkthrough


  • Have older students help younger students.
  • Keep the designs inside the wings large and simple to accommodate the fat lines of the oil pastels.
  • To save on paint, have students share palettes. Very little watercolor paint is needed. We used Blick Liquid Watercolors.
  • Make sure to have a mini-lesson on too little water versus too much.

Additional Fun!

Learning about symmetry at Math Is Fun

My students couldn’t get enough of playing with this symmetry doodler. It’s one of the best I’ve found online. It has so many fun options to explore.

Symmetry Doodler

See below for some of my students’ experiments.

Symmetry Doodler