Simple Paper Towel Art

 

We had some left over watercolors from a previous art project that we didn’t want to go to waste, so we grabbed some paper towels and an eye dropper and made Paper Towel Art. E really had fun with it, and it’s such a simple technique that even toddlers can enjoy it!

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art(E was 4 years and 2 months old.)

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Materials for Paper Towel Art:

 

 

 

E loves using the eye dropper, and with this activity, she was able to drop to her heart’s content.

I put down four layers of paper towels on top of our trusty shower liner, and let her go to town.

She started with separate drops, and when she noticed that colors would mix when she dropped them close together, she experimented with intentionally mixing them by dropping colors on top of each other.

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

We noticed that the purple turned blue at the edges and chatted about why that may be.

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

E decided to try and turn the edge green by dropping yellow watercolors on top but it didn’t work.

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

She used a LOT of yellow and had to refill the cup twice.

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

She was really meticulous about where she put the colors. She went all along the right edge of the paper towels

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

before starting again in the lower left corner.

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

E really enjoyed the bright colors and how they spread but probably the best part for her was when she’d covered the entire paper towel and I pulled it back to reveal the lower layers. She was pretty impressed!

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

She was a bit confused about the white areas on the lowest layer, though – after all, she’d made every effort to cover the entire paper towel in watercolor drops. It gave us a chance to talk a bit about absorption and how the amount of watercolors she’d used determined how much was absorbed by the next layer.

 

Super simple art technique and colorful science for kids: Paper Towel Art

 

Right afterwards, she asked for another paper towel to start over 🙂

 

 

 

Have you tried paper towel art? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Jackie Benson says:

    Love this for my class project! Did you use straight food coloring or add water. I want to do this with 22 kindergarten students. thank you

    1. So glad you like it, Jackie! We used straight liquid watercolors. The colors were very vibrant, I’m sure you could dilute it and still have great results. Let me know how it works out for you!