The other day the munchkin and I tried a new art activity where we used droppers to drip watercolor pigments onto paper. I introduced it to him as “Dropper Painting” but within a few moments the munchkin decided it was something else entirely. This was not dropper painting. Oh no. It was something far more “sinister.” And with that he started calling the activity “Sinister Liquid,” because he wasn’t painting he was actually a mad scientist inventing a bio liquid that would turn folks into lizard people.
I never would have thought of that in a million years, but I can dig it. The munchkin loved this activity and imagined his watercolors were living organisms as the colors combined and moved across the paper.
If you would like to make some “sinister liquid” art of your own, here is what you’ll need:
- Watercolor paper
- Tubes of watercolor paints
- A small bowl for each color you want to use
- Liquid droppers
- Paper towel
To begin, we put a daub of paint to each bowl, then added warm water and mixed until we had fairly heavily pigmented liquid in each bowl. I set out one sheet of watercolor paper and got out the paper towel to ensure easy clean up if we needed it.
Next I showed the munchkin how to use the paint droppers. He caught on quickly and went to town! In addition to squirting paint onto the paper, you can also pick up the paper and tilt it from side to side so that the paint runs across the surface and leaves pretty trail marks behind. You can see how the munchkin did this with his red paint above.
The munchkin also added a new element to this activity: he decided it would be a good idea to press a sheet of paper towel onto the paper after he’d covered it with pools liquid. This ended up being a neat idea because the towel only soaked up the liquid that hadn’t already been absorbed by the paper, so when you pulled it away it left behind a pattern that munchkin decided was “obviously DNA”. After using the paper towel the munchkin then added another layer of paint so that we had cool layers of pattern, then mixed liquid hues and paint drops.
And that’s it! We did several sheets of sinister painting, then let them dry overnight. As you can see above, the end results were very pretty – but the most important part is that the munchkin had fun. (He’s asked for his sinister materials several times since.)