Making an Under-the-Sea Book (& An Artterro Art Kit GIVEAWAY!)

Share & Comment

Making an Under-the-Sea Book inspired by a visit to the Atlanta Aquarium (plus an Artterro Art Kit Giveaway!)

I'm always up for trying out a new Artterro art kit. And I'm always surprised by just how much creative potential is packed into a deceptively compact cardboard box (which doubles as a decorate-your-own frame, by the way).

A little like that stunt where clown after clown hops out of a miniature circus car, surprising and delighting you.

That's kind of how I feel with Artterro's eco art kits.


The materials in the eco art kits are luscious and beautiful—printed papers, batik fabrics, glass and wood beads, colorful embroidery thread, wool felt pieces, lace, and ribbon. And we always seem to have left over materials to add to our own art supply stash after we are finished with the kit.

I'm also impressed with the printed fold-out pamphlets that Artterro includes in their kits. They always seem to provide the perfect balance between:

  • Inspiration (showing in-progress and completed examples of how others have used the kit)
  • Guidance (giving us tips for using the materials)
  • And creative encouragement (urging us to use the kit in our own way and giving us ideas for finding inspiration within and around us)


We recently had the opportunity to try out the canvas storybook kit, one I've had my eye on for quite some time.

The kit includes one well made blank canvas book, an assortment of plain and printed fabrics, needle and thread, a packet of beads and sequins, a palette of acrylic paint, and a variety of ribbons.


Maia decided to go with an under-the-sea theme.

Atlanta Aquarium 12

We went to the Atlanta Aquarium (with friend Marlise) a couple of months ago and it made a big impression on her.

Atlanta Aquarium 10

On all of us, really.

We loved the dolphins, whales, sharks, fish, jellyfish, octopus, seahorses, sea urchins, everything.  But Maia especially loved the dolphins and the dolphin show.


Since then, she's said she wants to work at the aquarium when she grows up and/or wants to work with dolphins. She's been watching Dolphin Tale and reading about dolphins.


So her choice of theme for the book was not surprising.


Maia loved the fabrics, the colors, the paints, etc, and began assembling them into her ocean images right away. But she got a little frustrated with the sewing and the gluing and turning her vision into reality.


She asked me to help her and we ended up working on the book side by side, as a gift for the friend we went to the aquarium with. It's not finished yet and we work on it a bit at a time, letting paint and glue dry before turning the page and starting the next one. 

If you'd like to buy Artterro art kits to give as gifts, they are offering 20% off through 12/16 with code ARTFUL20.

Note: This canvas storybook kit was sent to us for free to try out; all opinions expressed are my own.

Artterro Eco Art Kit Giveaway

Artterro Eco Art Kit Giveaway
Arterro, one of my sponsors, is offering two of their eco art kits as a giveaway to one lucky family. Readers who leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, December 12th will be entered into the giveaway for an Artterro Canvas Storybook Kit as well as for an Artterro Art Journal Kit (in the color of your choice). One winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on Friday. (I will also e-mail the winner.) Giveaway open to readers in the United States.
Good luck!
This giveaway is now over.
The random number generator gave me #98, so Leah wins the tow Artterro art kits. Congrats, Leah! I'll e-mail you…
Leah said…

We love the aquarium (live here in Atlanta) and have a 9 year old who would also like to work with dolphins. That same 9 year old would love to win an art kit. Thanks for the chance!

Share & Comment
Subscribe to The Artful Parent newsletter


  1. Janet Lovoy says

    I really like this idea! I’ll have to steal it to use with my daughter’s sea life homeschooling unit. Thanks!

  2. Michelle says

    I changed schools often and managed to get through 12 years of education without a single art class. I will make sure my son is exposed to art. These are a wonderful way to make that happen!

  3. says

    I LOVE her storybook. The little bead and gemstone details on the starfish and jellyfish are so sweet.
    Sarah M
    PS-Love Arterro! Thank you!

  4. [email protected] says

    Love this beautiful memory book, what a sweet project to do together and
    Such pretty materials!

  5. Lisa says

    Love this! I took my kids to the Atlanta Aquarium this summer while we were visiting family. I thought the dolphin show was a little cheesy, but my kids LOVED it and still talk about it. That’s a super cute book you all are making.

  6. Bekah says

    Incredible! My daughter loves “crafts” of any kind, and really loves books. Maui need buy one now

  7. beth s says

    Wow, never heard of Arterro Kits before today and those look so cool. Especially love the canvas book kit. I will b ordering one but we’d love to win another too.

  8. says

    Wow! I LOVE this. Art projects is always my strongest suit but I never thought of anything like this. Love love. And I am so happy that I discovered this site a few months ago!

  9. Tauna W. says

    I love the way the book is turning out! Looks great. My daughter and I would have so much fun working on this together.

  10. Celeste says

    I love the book you created with this kit. I am especially fond of the jellyfish. We also enjoyed the Georgia Aquarium this summer!

  11. Heidi Anderson says

    Wow, these are wonderful! I was not aware of these kits before but I am definitely going to check them out. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. says

    That canvas book looks awesome! My daughter and I tried the Arttero bug kit and didn’t really like it, but this could be great! I love what Maia is making and love those photos from the aquarium!

  13. Jennifer says

    My daughter creates her own books now out of paper and staples. She would love this opportunity to make a “real” book. Thank you for the chance to win!

  14. Erin says

    We live close to the National Aquarium, which is spectacular. We go all the time; it provides such inspiration to the children.

  15. Jaime Southwick says

    Loving Maia’s creativity with the canvas book making project! My 8 yr. old daughter is an artist and loves to write books, what a great concept to fuse both passions!

  16. Karen says

    That book is gorgeous – what a lovely way to remember the aquarium! My daughter would love those kits. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Lynne says

    Thank you for giving us the chance to win a fantastic Arterro kit, I like the art journal kit best.

  18. Wendy says

    I loved my visit to the Atlanta Aquarium. My granddaughters visit the New Orleans Aquarium and would be very pleased to make an Under-The-Sea Book too!

  19. Leah says

    We love the aquarium (live here in Atlanta) and have a 9 year old who would also like to work with dolphins. That same 9 year old would love to win an art kit. Thanks for the chance!

  20. Jen says

    I reeeally want to try an Arterro kit. I have heard about them through the Artful Parent and have seen their website. It looks like sooo much fun!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. says

    My boys spent all evening making books and woke up this morning to finish them (2 hours early!). I love the idea of this kind of book…more texture and lots of color!

  22. Megan N says

    My four year old is very into story-telling and creates a bunch of her own books from any little papers left around. How cool that there’s a kit with a bunch of different fabrics and materials for her to explore and make it more “fancy” as she likes to say. This would make a great gift for her and for us to do together.

  23. Laura says

    I just bought the canvas book for my 5 year old for Christmas. We also received the collage kit. It was very beautifully packed and easy two create special ornaments. My preschoolers created some beautiful ornaments with the kit. They loved it. They were so engaged by the beautiful paper. Each one came out gorgeous. Love all of their kits!!

  24. Abbey Cannon says

    Looks so fun! My son and daughter would enjoy this. My loves drawing and writing short books all the time.

  25. [email protected] says

    What a fun craft idea for kids– my daughter would love this!

  26. Erin G. says

    The aquatic book pages look lovely! I think my daughter would have a blast making a book like that.

  27. Christine says

    Beautiful – we gave an Arttero kit as a birthday gift last year – the garden ornament kit – it was a big hit for a girl who created items for a fairy garden she was developing!

  28. [email protected] says

    Perfect for my artistic grandaughter!

  29. says

    My daughters would love this kit! My oldest (4) is obsessed with art and creates something first thing when she wakes up most days :).

  30. [email protected] says

    I love the idea of creating a canvas book without having to do the sewing!!

  31. angel funk says

    I love these kits! Would love to win. Thank you for posting so many wonderful reviews, I use them to purchase items regularly.

  32. [email protected] says

    pick me! pick me! happy holidays :)

  33. [email protected] says

    Thank you for this opportunity to win something so educational through art, our children would benefit from this:-)

  34. [email protected] says

    Oh these supplies would be so much fun to win for my grandchildren!