Oil and Water Drip Painting

From: Imagine That – Art Space

If you haven’t read about Imagine That – Art Space here in Austin please do so here.

Jack and I took the liberty of making a short YouTube video (10 minutes) that will walk you through the entire activity in real time. It really only took about 15 minutes total but I did cut some dead air. If you’d like to work alongside us the items you will need follow the video! I hope you all enjoy this activity.



*** Here’s a tip when working with little ones and food coloring. If you’re worried about their hands getting stained, put lotion or coconut oil on their hands before you get started and it will come off more easily when you’re done***

  1. In small cups or bowls put a small amount of oil. You will add the food coloring to these to make your colors. This is where you can choose to add a color mixing lesson depending on how old your child is. You can let them mix the yellow and blue to make green and yellow and red to make orange. A GREAT book to explain this to little ones is called  Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. If you don’t have that book you can watch it here.
  2. Place a small amount of water in the bottom of a shallow, rectangular baking dish or cooking sheet.  It needs to be flat & on a flat surface to make sure your entire paper will get some color on it.
  3. Using an eye dropper (you can use one from an old medicine bottle if you clean it thoroughly) put drops of oil on the water. You may want to help your little one out with this. If they squeeze too much, they’ll end up with a thick layer of oil on the water. If that happens, then the paper will pick up only oil and no color.
  4. Lay a sheet of heavy sketching or construction paper on top of the water and oil, then pull it out and place it on a flat surface to dry. If you want to add more bright colors you can let your child use the eye droppers to drop even more color on the paper. You can also use this as an opportunity to discuss why the color won’t stick where there is oil and add a little science lesson to your art project!

Fun projects like this one are easily found at Imagine That- Art Space. The owner is a wonderful woman and is passionate about her business, children, learning and engaging.

Have a wonderful day everyone!



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