My mom and I played around with a painting technique this morning that has multi-generational appeal: bubble painting! After learning the basic technique, and trouble-shooting the process a bit, I'm ready for my kids to give it a try on a home-bound rainy day.
To create bubble paintings, we mixed 1/4 cup of dishwashing soap with 1/8 cup of water. (We messed around with those amounts randomly through the process, so you can, too!) We also poured in some of my kids' bubble mix and some vegetable glycerine for good measure. Then we added a squirt of Liquitex soft body acrylic paint.
We tried liquid watercolor paint first, which I was SURE was going to work beautifully, but it just didn't do as well as the acrylic. After stirring it all together, we put a straw down into the liquid and blew bubbles.
Very important at this point to BLOW OUT rather than SUCKING IN! You really don't want to mix up your processes here.
Once we developed lots of bubbles on the surface of our liquid, we held watercolor paper over the container so that the bubbles popped against the paper. Et voila! A bubble painting.
Sometimes we did the process again and again with the same color to get more bubbles on the page, and sometimes we moved on to new colors to get bubbles of different colors on the page.
I never really felt like I "mastered" the process, if there is such a thing. I got too many frothy bubbles on my paper for my liking. We couldn't decide if there is a learning curve to making beautiful bubble paintings, or if it's more a matter of luck. Doing an internet search of bubble painting projects, I found some pretty beautiful examples that put my efforts to shame, if there is such a thing as shame when it comes to bubble painting! You can check out some other folk's bubble paint projects here and here.
My mom and I decided that this is what you call "process art," meaning that the process of creating it is the focus, and the end result is far secondary. Meaning we're not sure we LOVE our results, but we sure had fun doing it!