A while ago we stumbled upon a cool tutorial we wanted to try out. – Painting With Bubbles! It worked out so much better than we thought and was so much fun! 🙂
You need some soap bubbles (available here*), bubble wands, different colors, little bowls for mixing, paper
Colors: We experimented with a lot of different colors. Food coloring, egg dyes, ink and so on. Everything worked. It doesn’t matter if the color is in powder form or liquid. Only sugar-based food dyes wouldn’t work quite so well.
We did get the best results with egg dyes in powder form and ink.
How it’s done:
A word of warning! Do it outside! This craft gets very colorful! The bubbles tend to do what they like and you’ll get spatters all over the place when the bubbles pop. 😀
Put some soap bubble mixture in a small bowl. We used empty sundae bowls, because they have the perfect size. If the bowl is too big, you’ll need too much soap bubble mixture. Just fill the bowl about two fingers high.
Color your bubbles. A lot of color is needed if you want to “paint” with the bubbles. Don’t economize on the coloring especially if the shades are light. Otherwise you won’t get nice results.
We mixed only a few colors in the beginning, because we didn’t want to waste a lot of product if it didn’t work. But after a little test run we were hooked! 😀 You can mix the colors among each other and create new shades.
At first we used an artists easel. The results very nice, but it wasn’t ideal. Most of the bubbles got lost in the wind and didn’t pop on the paper.
Just place your paper on the ground and let the bubbles pop on the paper from a short distance. That’s really the best method. (Note the paint splatters on my nephews hands :D)
The bubbles create nice round shapes when they burst.
In the beginning we tried to restrain ourselves a little, but after a while we went crazy. – Of course! 😀 We made little mountains of soap bubbles and created color explosions on the paper.
The kids had a lot of creative ideas and collected some leaves and blades of grass and spread them on the blank paper. Just let the colors dry before you remove them, and you’ll get interesting results.
You can do the same thing with cut out paper shapes. I used a motif puncher to make big circles. You should not use too much soap bubbles with that method. If the paper gets too wet, the color will soak through.
Painting with bubbles is not only fun for small kids, it’s fun for everyone! You don’t have to be a talented painter to achieve amazing results. You can use your paintings to wrap gifts in it, make origami or use it for scrap booking purposes. – Or just hang them up like they are. 🙂
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