Marbling with Oil
Generally when the activity of painting comes to mind, we think of paintbrushes. There are other creative ways to make beautiful pictures, which the younger crowd is particularly impressed with! Oil and water don’t mix together, so it is intriguing to see what happens when we mix them with watercolors. It is also a good opportunity to discuss color names with young kids as watercolors are stirred and dropped in a dish.
- Liquid watercolors or food coloring
- Vegetable oil (we also experimented with baby oil)
- Little bowls for individual colors
- Spoons for stirring/mixing the colors
- Pie dish
- Watercolor paper
Pour oil into little bowls – it does not take much.
Lay a piece of watercolor paper on top of the water.
If you used different oils, did you notice a difference? We used baby oil in addition to vegetable oil and discovered that no matter what oil, it still repels against water. It was neat to see what happened when oil and water interact and the design outcome on the paper! Each was unique.
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Photographs and content by: Heather Kucenski