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How to Draw a Mermaid

Now you can learn how to draw a mermaid in a few easy steps, perfect for any story or movie you might happen to be watching about them.

how to draw a mermaid

These mythical creatures seem to be pretty fascinating for every generation, so here is my attempt to add an easy tutorial to help kids of all ages draw one.

It is a fun time to take advantage of the underwater theme and draw lots of floating hair. You don’t get to think what that would look like everyday.

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how to draw a mermaid
Mermaid Coloring Page
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Mermaid

  1. Draw the head and add a face.

  2. Draw the neck and start the arms.

  3. Finish the arms and hands.

  4. Draw the top and belly.

  5. Add a swirly tail below.

  6. Draw lots of floating hair.

  7. Add a hair flower and details to the tail.

  8. Fill the background with fish and plants.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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