I have several things I’m thinking about doing right now, but mostly I just sit and stare at the furniture I want to move and the painting I want to do (but can’t because I’m pregnant…which is why I want to so bad to start with). I decided that cleaning some of the 5000+ pictures off my camera was something I could actually accomplish, so that’s what I started doing. In the process I found several things that I intended to share! Today I’m going to go back in time to some alcohol color art that we played with over the summer. My youngest loved this one (after all, it involves playing with fire) and has asked several times to do it again! It’s cold and rainy so I think we might play with this again this weekend!
You can purchase alcohol “paints” there is a nice set through Amazon for $10), or you can make your own. I’m not poor, but I would be if I indulged every little whim to try some new craft! So for the first trial run before we invested we decided to round up old markers and try to make some (I do think now that I’ve done it once and we loved it so much I might buy the set. I’m sure we would find lots of uses for them!). My kids only own washable markers, but I think permanent markers would work better for this.
Remove the ink cartridge from you markers. Just pop off the bottom and pull it out. Again, we used markers that appeared “dried up” (missing lids) or just old.
Cut the plastic casing down it’s length and remove the cottony filling that holds the ink. It takes some tinkering to get the color into the alcohol and colors your hands, so gloves would be a good idea! Especially if using permanent colors! The cotton (I’m not actually sure what it is. The “inside of the marker”) wants to suck of the alcohol rather than give up the ink, so I just kept squeezing it out.
I think it would be good to leave them sit at least 6 hours or so. Probably even better if you give them longer, but true to form we made them and used them immediately!
Use pippets (spelling?) to drop your colors on clean glass. I had some frames from Dollar Tree. We removed the frame and just used plain printer paper to give us a good background color. Our intention was to hot glue the glass back in the frame and hang in the windows as light catchers when we were done…
Then use spray bottles to spritz alcohol all over the surface.
Then light it on fire!
I really wish I had a good pic of this!
It’s crazy to see how the colors start moving around and blending! This is why I think real alcohol colors or using permanent markers would be better. It seemed like ours had trouble burning. I wonder if washable markers are water based to start with, diluting our colors. It didn’t really matter, anyway! My daughter burnt hers maybe once. She would just wipe it clean after she sprayed it with alcohol and start over.
My oldest just kept adding more and more color….
It made the coolest colors and just kept getting more awesome with every drop!
It was like a celestial party. It was crazy to watch it build up! Every drop we were holding our breath, just waiting for it to start spilling over the sides…it eventually did, but it was a good quarter-inch thick with liquid before that!
So even if we didn’t get really good art to hang on our walls (or in our windows), we got great lessons in fluid, color mixing, and a slew of other things. And it was just plain ol’ creative play and fun!
The whole idea of this is that when you burn the alcohol out of it, only the color is left on the glass. As I said, our finished projects weren’t ideal, so this was the only one we kept…
‘Til next time…hope you are inspired to play a bit and let me know what you’re thinking in the comments below! 🙂