Today's craft makes me want to head west to the Pacific Ocean!
Known as a hotspot for snorklers and divers, Fiji has some of the best diving in the world. Jacques Cousteau called it "the soft coral capital of the world". It is the pinks, purples, oranges, reds, and yellows of the soft coral that make the waters of Fiji so beautiful.
picture of Fiji soft coral (above) or google "fiji soft coral" for more images
WASHABLE markers (very important that they are washable)
Using a picture of Fiji soft coral, lightly pencil in the outline of the coral onto your watercolor paper.
Lightly mist the drawing with a spray bottle and watch the colors blend and run together. The more water you use, the more the colors will run together and the longer it will take to dry. So use the water sparingly.
You will get brighter colors if you let the painting air dry completely, but if you're crunched for time you can remedy a too wet painting by dabbing it gently with paper towels to remove excess water. Doing this will pull some of the color off, and the colors of the painting will not be quite as bright as in this example.
If you want to take it a step further, cut small fish out of bright orange paper, and glue them to your painting.
Color a Fiji flag.