Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Art Adventure: Bubble Painting

This is a pretty common art project for kids, but it's good fun, so I thought I'd include it in case you haven't tried it before. I have tested different methods of making the colors and you can mix tempera with water or even use watercolors, but I have found food coloring works best.
Bubble Painting
  • food coloring, various colors
  • water
  • dish soap
  • containers
  • straws
  • paper
Mix water, about 10 drops of food coloring and a small squirt of dish soap together. I prefer to do this in a relatively shallow container, so I don't need as much effort to get it bubbled past the rim (which I'll explain momentarily).

Once you have your colors ready, put a straw in each container.

Have your child blow through the straw to make bubbles. You want the bubbles to push up past the rim of the container.

Once you have bubbles, pull the straw out and lay a piece of paper on the bubbles. Lift up and you have a print of the bubbles.
Repeat as often as you like.

You can keep layering the colors to your heart's content. Malachi just really like blowing the bubbles; sometimes I had to remind him to make a print. :)

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