May 20, 2013

Play Recipe- Magic Watercolors

Today we have Asia of Fun at Home with Kids here to share a fun play recipe


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MAGIC Fizzing Watercolors

Hi everyone!  I'm Asia and I write over at Fun at Home with Kids.  I have two little ones: a daughter, S, who is almost 4 and a son, X, who just turned 1 in April.  We like to dabble in a little bit of everything - art, sensory, small worlds, and science - with a focus on easy open-ended play that is also budget friendly!  Just like Crystal and her girls here at Growing a Jeweled Rose, my daughter S and I love to try crazy new combinations of our favorite things.  Some of our most notable creations include our scented homemade edible paints and our fizzing gelatin. We have been on a crazy watercolor jag over here lately, so we thought we'd see if we could make some fizzing watercolors.

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To make our fizzing watercolors, I scooped about a tablespoon of baking soda into each cup.  Next I added enough liquid watercolor (we LOVE liquid watercolors...we may be slightly addicted to them, actually) to cover the baking soda and stirred until it was totally mixed in.  I aimed for the consistency of tempera paint - runny, but with a little texture to it.  As needed, I added a little more baking soda or liquid watercolor.


I noticed that if the paint sat for too long (3-5 minutes), the baking soda would start separating out.  Since we usually spent a fair bit of time painting, I opted to keep a spoon in each cup so S could stir if necessary.  

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S immediately set to work creating some beautiful art.  Because of the added baking soda, the paint had this amazing texture to it!  S was able to make little mounds of paint, and the paintbrush left beautiful tracks behind.  The vibrancy of the watercolors shone through and it was just.  so.  pretty.

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Here's a close-up of what it looked like.  I took way too many photos because I was totally mesmerized by all the swirling bright colors.  :)

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After she'd completely covered the paper with paint, S was excited to try to make it fizz.  Having never done this before, we decided to try two different methods of adding vinegar.  First up was a spray bottle.  I filled the spray bottle with plain vinegar and let S spray all over the paper.

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It looked and sounded pretty neat, but there wasn't a lot of dramatic fizzing.  Once she'd sprayed the paper completely, we set it aside to dry and worked on another picture.


S decided to try something different on her next picture.  She left a lot more blank white space and painted thicker mounds of paint.

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Instead of using a spray bottle, this time we used an eyedropper to dispense our vinegar.

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This time we got much more dramatic fizzing.  It was so much fun to watch all the little mini-eruptions on the paper.

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We laid the pictures out to dry overnight and the next day were surprised to see the finished product!  It looked so different, and yet still amazing.  The colors were less intense, but there was so much texture to the pictures.



This is the painting that S covered in paint and used the spray bottle on.  I think it looks like the surface of the moon!

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And here's the final product for the painting where S left some white spaces and used the eyedropper to add the vinegar.

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It's been such an honor to guest post for Crystal today!  If you'd like to see more of us, you can find us on our blog, our Facebook page, Google +, and Pinterest!


Asia Citro is a former classroom teacher with an M. Ed. who is now a full time SAHM to little X (one year old) and his big sister S (3.5 years old).  She tries to focus on activities that are easy to put together that encourage children's natural curiosity and creativity.





Also be sure to check out our baking soda and vinegar play collection for lots more FIZZING fun!

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