Primary color mixing experiment with coffee filter snowflakes and heart-flakes

I love the color wheel and love seeing what colors you get from mixing paints. This was the perfect project to let Sophia experience the wonder.

Finished snowflakes
Finished snowflakes

This is a project I’ve been dying to try out with the liquid watercolors… you can substitute food coloring or even cake watercolors (you would need paint brushes for this option).

What you will need:

  • Liquid watercolors/food coloring
  • Cups for your watercolors
  • Pipettes
  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet
  • Tinfoil
  • Oven (not necessary)
Heart-flakes and snowflakes cut out
Heart-flakes and snowflakes cut out

Flatten, fold and cut out your snowflakes to your liking from the coffee filters.

I cut out 3 filters on top of each other in the heart shape and 4 together on the snow flake. For painting them I placed them on the baking pan 2 on top of each other (I didn’t think Sophia would have the patience to repeat the process 7 times and 4 seemed just right). One of the heart ones was on the pan singly (for the math minded 😉 )

Ready to experiment with primary colors
Ready to experiment with primary colors

I diluted the liquid watercolors quite a bit. I put about a 1/4 inch of water on the bottom of the cups and then added the paint to my liking.

Below is a time lapse video of Sophia having fun squirting and mixing the paints together.

So much fun mixing colors
So much fun mixing colors

All done with the first set.

Snowflakes ready to dry
Snowflakes ready to dry

The second set got more brown as she liked putting all the paint in one spot.

Heart-flakes ready to dry
Heart-flakes ready to dry
Drying in the oven with the light on for heat
Drying in the oven with the light on for heat

I placed them 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 coffee filters. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.

TIP: You can remove the snowflakes 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.

The colors dry a lot lighter
The colors dry a lot lighter

It’s crazy how much less vibrant the colors are after they dry.

TIP: If you want to get some of the wrinkles out, place them in side a book. Each snowflake on their own separate page and then place a weight (or more books on top). Let sit over night.

Love how these snowflakes turned out
Love how these snowflakes turned out

Once dry they are ready to tape to your windows.

My favorite one
My favorite one
Snowflake and heart-flake in the window
Snowflake and heart-flake in the window

Baby’s first edible finger paints! 9 Different Recipes :D

I was just recently asked how old Sophia was, when we started arts and crafts with her. Sophia’s first hands on art activity was finger painting. She was 8 months old. I made her edible finger paints to explore on water color paper, that I then later used for our Valentines Day cards. I did a ton of searching around and looked at different recipes. I have compiled a list of 9 different edible finger paint recipes that I found.

First finger painting
First finger painting

I used a 3 ingredient recipe that was just cornstarch, water, and food coloring. 1. The Imagination Tree has a good recipe for it here. (Cooking required)

First finger painting
First finger painting

As you can see in the pictures it is pretty chunky and a bit jello-like.

Chunky paints
Chunky paints

There are plenty of other kinds of edible finger paints. Some of them require cooking and a few do not.

2. Here’s one from Mom Tastic that uses flour, salt, sugar, and food coloring, link here. (Cooking required)

Exploring new textures and colors
Exploring new textures and colors

3. Here’s a jello based one from the Imagination Tree, link here. (Cooking required)

Sensory fun
Sensory fun

4. A yogurt based 2 ingredient recipe from Make and Takes, link here. (No cooking required)

Edible paint!
Edible paint!

5. Flour and salt based one from E how, link here. (Cooking required)

6. Here is a sugar and cornstarch based one from Dixie sugar, link here. (Cooking required)

7. Here is a pudding based one from Pop Sugar, link here. (Cooking required unless you buy the pudding already made)

8. This one is cornstarch and gelatin based from Invitation to the Butterfly Ball, link here. (Cooking required)

9. Here is a simple 3 ingredient one with flour, water and food coloring by Mama Ot, link here. (No cooking required)

I know I’ve seen a recipe that used some thing else to color the paints instead of food coloring but I’m not able to locate it. If you have other good recipes please leave a comment!