Saturday, January 30, 2010

A New Thing: Bubble Paints!

Wow. Look at all of you out there!In the last week, the audience of my wee neglected blog has doubled! I suppose this means I have to start posting more than once in a month.

To Do This:
mix liquid soap and water in a bowl. Mix until bubbly. Add paint, dye, or whatever coloring agent you favor. Drink mix, maybe?

Put a piece of spare paper behind the bowl, as a splashguard. Trust me.

Grab the paper you want to bubble-paint.

Grab a straw. Put it in the soap mix; blow bubbles. Really go to town!

Lay your painting paper gently, directly, flat side down, on the bubbles. The bubbles may pop, they may melt, they may even cluster on the paper and let you push them around with a brush! The randomness is what makes it fun!

Do Not Do This:
Let the cats in right after adding the paint.

Start bubbling the paint before the cats have settled in and gone into furniture mode.

Inhale in shock when the cats decide to use human feet as their Safe Base in Cat-Tag, noted by swiping with a paw.

Inhale about 50 quarts of soap mix and paint.

Spend fifteen minutes coughing, choking, and wondering if the paint has gone far enough up your sinuses to turn your eyes green in a weird fantasy movie way.

Drink a soda any time in the next ten minutes. Owww, ow, fizzy owwww.

But I think I got a rather nifty set of textured papers out of it! Here are just a couple:




What can I do with textured paper? That's another post...but I bet some of you paper crafters are already making up your own answers!

21 comments:

Larissa said...

That is really cool! And we're talking about developing a liquid soap... hmm...

Carapace said...

Oh, do! And you should try the painting thing. Without the cats. Yeah.

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

awesome idea... OMG my cats get into everything too

Anitra Cameron said...

That's a cool idea, and sounds like something fun to do with kids, too. But not cats. Not unless you're really into that "suffering for you art thing", lol! [Thanks for the giggle!]

Baroness Bijoutery said...

What a fun thing...and my cats would be leaving nose prints I'm afraid...Love the look of that paper...

MarZel said...

Great Idea!! A Must Try. Save I wanted to invite you to become a member of Grim City...the Dark Artists guild forum!!! The link is on my blog!! HUGS

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Those sound fun...and look great!

Tulips Talking said...

Laughing so hard my face hurts and I can barely see through the tears of smiles! Seems like a great idea, with plenty of helpful hints...

mermaiden said...

tee hee!
the results are worth it, though. very Froudian backgrounds, you see.

Diana Meade said...

My cats would love this too. Maybe if I let them help with this, they'd like it so much they'd help with washing dishes. And then again, maybe not.

Patti said...

What a wonderful technique! Thanks for the warning about the cats...ours would be into it for sure. That would make wonderful papers for greeting cards and scrapbooking as well.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

That's an awesome idea! That cat angle had me cracking up :P

UberArt and Emerson Bindery said...

Very cool! Love the "what not to do" tips!

Carapace said...

Wow, comments! Let's see-
It does sound like a great thing to do with kids, doesn't it? I get my experiments off a "try this at home" sort of site, so it should all be quite safe, if occasionally messy. If you're doing it with kids, I'd suggest using food coloring, and not, as I did, acrylic. Because inhaling acrylics is No Fun.

Marzel, I totally want to join! In fact I thought I had? Email to you, right away!

Mermaiden, oooh, aren't they? If only the backgrounds conveyed the ability to paint such foregrounds..sadly, my art is still just mine. But I think that's pretty fun, anyway...

The cats did not help with the next one. Hopefully. It's not quite over...

Cat said...

Smart cookie!

Shirl said...

Ah yes, cats and bubble pictures do not mix ... :0)

Shirl x

AZviaTx said...

Cara,
Cat-tag? I adored your story about the kitties, in & amongst the tutorial for bubble paint! This one is staying with me. Thanks for the laughs and the information. The backgrounds turned out marvy. Tina

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Nana said...

This is indeed a wonderful thing to do with kids. I did it with third graders when I taught elementary art. (My favorite two years of the 32 I spent teching.)
We set up on the playground and bubbled away! We used cool colors in the bubble paint (blues and greens). When dry, we drew on it in warm colors (reds and yellows). You would not believe what those kids did. It was a wonderful experience for all, including me!

Nana said...

oops...(teaching)...I really do know how to spell!
Must always remember to preview my comments!

Lisa said...

What a great idea!! This sounds like so much fun.

I mean, without the cats of course.

Hmmm - wonder what the kids would do with this?! (Probably not a good idea - they are used to sucking up through the straw)