Friday, November 6, 2009

More Paper Towel Art - Experimenting with Color.

My hubby came up with this little artsy experiment
(I think he did it as a kid back in the stone age.)

He showed the girls how you can
separate the mixed colors
from a colored marker.

First, collect some markers in secondary colors:
Orange, Green, Purple
(not permanent - we tried, they don't work)
Note: Color Mixing 101
Secondary Colors = Orange, Green, and Purple
They are made by combining 2 Primary Colors
= Red + Yellow, Blue + Yellow, Blue + Red

Draw a small circle (diameter of a penny)
on your paper towel,
then drop a bit of clean water in the center

Watch it "star burst"
the colors will separate as it spreads.
(Do you see the purple that leached out of the blue?)

Ask your kid why they think there would be a color added to a
"primary" colored marker?

Later we tried other colors too like
Brown, Black, Pink, Blue, etc...
The girls loved it.


April said...

Very cool! My kids would love this! :-)

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MaryAnne said...

My (7yo) nephew was just telling me about how you could do this - very fun to see photos!

Anne said...

I can't wait to try this! I love the going backwards idea - starting with the secondary and going back to the primary. Kind of like color detective work!

Little Nut Tree said...

We tried this today - such a cool thing to do with just a few minutes! Brown and black are our favourites. Thanks for sharing the idea (I love your blog by the way).

jlbee said...

we've gotta try this... very cool!

Wendy Hawksley said...

We found this out quite by accident. I was cleaning our markers with toilet paper - just wiping off around the tip, so we wouldn't get color on our fingers, and when I dropped the TP in the toilet, the color bursts happened.

Needless to say, we had fun in the bathroom that day. LOL

The girl who painted trees said...

Please enlighten me! I tried this today with my LO and it didn't work. We got the beautiful blooms of color and she was thrilled, but our secondary colors DID NOT separate! I was so disappointed. I used Crayola markers. Any ideas?


Bridgett said...

I'm absolutely doing this one with the kiddos.

Good lessons here.


Valerie said...

Very cool! I love quick projects like this. Great idea!

Elise said...

What a quick and easy craft where you get to use your thinking skills.

Our Pace said...

We are going to do this one for sure! Thanks for sharing it!

Toilet Paper said...

Great teaching for color combination for kids.

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