Beautiful Bubble Prints

Mar 4, 2015

With our outdoor canvas being continually white, we were ready to see and create with colour! Here is a wonderful craft where kids can learn about colour mixing and get to create with bubbly colour at the same time. I did this craft with a group of children at a birthday party and it was a huge hit. You can't go wrong when you combine bubbles and paint for kids to play with. You may even find that you can't resist joining in.

I must warn you that this gets messy but it's nothing an old plastic table cloth can't contain. The results aren't bad either!

Bubble printing results: beautiful impressions of colours in bubble-shaped clusters.

You will need:

  • water-based paint
  • dish soap
  • water
  • straws
  • paper
  • bowls

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To create:

Begin by covering your table with an old plastic tablecloth or newspapers. Next, combine equal amounts dish soap and paint in a bowl. Do this with as many colours as you want to use. Add about half as much water as paint and blend well with a spoon until it is fully combined and frothy.

Now for the really fun part!

Give the kids a straw for each color you have created a bubble solution for and a piece of paper. Let them blow into the colorful, soapy mess with a straw until the bubbles are fairly high above the bowl.

A girl blowing into a bowl of yellow bubbles with a straw.

I know... dream come true for kids!

A bowl overflowing with a big pile of blue bubbles, sitting in the sunlight.

Once the bubbles are at their peak, place the paper over top of the bowl. When the paper is lifted up, it's left with a bubble print. The excitement is a bit contagious. One bubble print will definitely lead to many more!

Lowering a piece of paper over a bowl mounded with yellow bubbles.

Keep going with as many colours as desired and watch as beautiful art comes to life.

A finished piece of bubble-printing art.

Enjoy getting creative and playing with colour!

Article Author Shanti Nordholt-McPhee
Shanti Nordholt-McPhee

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Shanti Nordholt-McPhee is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Maureen. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Shanti is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages eight and eleven, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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