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Category Art Date May 3rd, 2020

Painting with squirt bottles

“come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned”

This art project began when Lucy decided to unroll an entire roll of paper towels on the kitchen floor just for fun. So, instead of throw them away, we used them for an art project! 

Paper towels make a great canvas for watercolor or in our case, food coloring mixed with water. Painting is so much fun, and we love experimenting with different ways of applying color to paper. This time, we used condiment bottles to squirt food coloring onto the paper towels. The effect was SO PRETTY!

Want to try it? Simply fill each condiment bottle almost to the top, add about 3-5 drops of food coloring and voila, you have paint! Put a paper towel on a tray, place the bottles next to it and your invitation to create is ready!  

It took about .5 seconds for her to come running over and start squirting colors all over the paper towels. 

She loved it so much, she picked up all the bottles and just carried them around. 

Then she started using BOTH hands with two colors. It was so much fun to see her so excited. 

Once each painting was finished, I hung them up to dry, becuase both sides were wet, I hung some string up between the cabinets in our kitchen and hung her artwork with clothespins. If one painting is particulalry drenched, you'll want to put a towel underneath it to catch the paint that drips!

Lucy saw the line of flags and made a game out of it! Crawling back and forth under and between the towels. She had a blast!

After crawling in and out and all around, she stood up right in the middle of her drying artwork, began danced in joy and squealed, "mama, it's just like a fort!" You can be sure we are saving our new "flags" and hanging them up in the living room to facilitate more creative play! 

This activity lasted ALL morning. She loved it AND she came back for more in the afternoon. If you don't have enough paper towels, you could try other materials  like coffee filters, towels, water color paper, toilet paper, wet paper towels, wet coffee filters etc. Whatever you use, it's fun, it's a relatively mess free project, and did I mention it's FUN? If you try it out, remember to let us know! Especially if you try a different material like coffee filters! We'd love to hear how it goes! Tag us on instagram or drop us a note below!

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condiment bottles

food coloring (good for this project)

our favorite food coloring for most art projects

 

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