I received liquid watercolors for Christmas and have had this project in mind ever since. I’m so glad we finally got to try them out and it was an instant hit 🙂
What you will need:
- Liquid watercolors
- Cups for your watercolors
- Doilies of your liking
- Wet wipes (for clean up)
- Baking sheet
- Cling wrap
- Oven (not necessary)
I found these spill proof paint cups on Walmart.com and I’m happy to say they worked great. I love that they come with lids so you can store paint in them as well.
Set up: Place a cling wrap on your baking sheet.
I chose to use red liquid watercolor for our first batch. In one cup I put about a 1/4 inch of water and added a bit of the watercolor in. The second cup I poured undiluted watercolor in (as you can see above, in a lot smaller quantity).
Separate the doilies so you only have one in each spot. Our pan fit six nicely.
I let her have one of the paint cups at a time. It fits nicely on the baking sheet to help keep mess down. I had her do the diluted one first since it is easier for her to get the paint in the pipette by herself.
After she got done with the diluted version of paint I let her have the undiluted cup. With that she asked me to help her a few times to fill it up.
It’s ok if the hearts have white spots on them. There is plenty of paint underneath the doilies that will soak up in to them.
We repeated the process with the blue liquid watercolor.
You can see the darker blue spots in the picture above (the undiluted paint)
After sitting out for a while you can see the doilies absorbed the paint underneath them.
I placed the hearts in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the doilies. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.
TIP: You can remove the doilies off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.
You will notice the color variations on all the hearts. I love how they turned out 🙂
TIP: After you are done and cleaning up you can put your undiluted paints back in the original container. I saved the 2 diluted paints in the spill proof containers to use in later projects.