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DIY Bubble Printing – Super Fun Art Activity for the Kids

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Finally!  An excuse to blow bubbles with a straw!  Combine liquid watercolors and dish soap to make these memorable monoprints.

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You’ll need

  • liquid watercolors
  • cups and straws
  • heavy weight or watercolor paper
  • water
  • dish soap from the kitchen
  • towels/aprons/smocks

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Begin by gathering your supplies, and finding a good spot to make your bubble prints. This project is way better completed outside, or maybe if it’s rainy, on a big towel!  It gets messy (fun).

 

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Fill each cup about a quarter full with water, then add paint.  (We tried it with our cups almost all the way full, and found that they overflowed very quickly, and it took a lot of paint to get the water “painty” enough).

At this point, get some small hands to stir-stir-stir – way longer than you think might be necessary!  When it is really mixed up, add some dish soap. A few squirts should do it.

The kids will use straws to blow bubbles (make sure to take about only blowing OUT – not sucking in – yuck!).  When the bubbles are overflowing, press your paper into the bubbles.

Pull your paper off, and let the bubbles on it pop and dry while you start working on your next color!
We overlapped black and green paint, and it turned out so cool!

 

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Tips
you may be able to use different kinds of paint!  It’s worth trying it out with tempera or acrylic.  Just make sure you stir it up super well.
You can work on several prints at once, alternating so some can dry while you put more bubbles on another one.
As noted before, this might be good to do on a towel (or out in the driveway) – look how messy our towel got!   But totally worth it.

 

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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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