Friday, September 28, 2012

#648 - Invisible Painting (with 2 simple ingredients)

2 posts in 2 days...what!!!

I've been doing preschool with the boys at home.  Sometimes it is formal, but most the time I'm just always looking for learning experiences and stuff to keep them busy (to keep us all sane.)

I checked out a bunch of preschool books (mostly art ones) from the library and Oster chose this invisible painting  (it's called "mystery paint" in the book) project from the book Preschool Art by Mary Ann Kohl.  Although the pictures aren't super flashy, I think it is my favorite art book of the bunch (I'll let you know if that changes.

So super duper easy!
 You just need equal parts baking soda and water for the invisible paint.  Then water colors to reveal the art.

Invisible Paintings
Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda and 4 tablespoons water.
Use a paint brush or cotton swab to paint onto white paper.
Let artwork dry (next time I'll try to have some dry ones on hand.)
When dry, paint with water colors to revel the picture.

This was super cool when it worked, but a few of our pictures didn't turn out.  So, I think the key is to have a good amount (but not too much) of baking soda when you do your first painting.  Then when you do the water colors make sure the water colors aren't too watery or too heavy with paint (see the black paint on the face below  (to the right) sort of obscured the painting, but the lighter black paint on the left turned out great.).

Let me know if you try this...we've already done it twice and we'll probably do it again.

1 comment:

BTM said...

That looks so much fun!

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