Bubble Print Paper
What you will make:
Use paint and bubble blowing liquid to make this kid-safe alternative
to marbled paper. With this technique, you will make pastel prints of
soap bubbles on paper that can then be used for other craft projects.
It's fun to create greeting cards with cutouts of this paper made
using stencils as patterns. Glue the shapes on folded cardstock to
make greeting cards or stationery. If it's an animal shape, you might
draw on eyes or other features using a black marker.
This craft is well-suited for family, group or classroom
craft time, and requires little preparation by the adult or teen leader.
Here's what you need:
- White construction paper, cut in quarters
- Tempera or acrylic paint, darker colors
- Plastic cup and spoon
- Bubble blowing liquid
- Pie pan or other flat pan that fits paper
- Newspapers to cover work surface
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Bubble Print Paper
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making the bubble print paper. Cut the
construction paper in quarters: approximately 4½" by 6". Lay out the newspapers to cover your work area.
- Step 2: Prepare Bubble Solution
Pour 1 cup (250 ml) bubble liquid into the pan to a depth of
approximately ¼" to ½" (6 to 12 mm). Stir in 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of paint.
Increase volumes proportionately for larger pans.
Tip: Make bubble solution by following Aunt Annie's
recipe for Homemade Bubble Solution;
the glycerin may be omitted. Or, add 1 tablespoon dish liquid to 1
cup water to make a bubble solution.
- Step 3: Print Bubbles
Insert the end of the straw into the liquid and blow very
gently to make bubbles covering the surface of the liquid and
higher than the pan's rim. Or, you can stir the liquid with the
spoon to make smaller bubbles. It
works best to stir the solution and blow fresh bubbles before each print is made.
Holding a piece of paper by the edges, lay it down on the
surface of the bubbles, pressing down slightly to pop some of the
bubbles. Don't let go of the paper or let it touch the liquid.
Tip: Make two-color paper by overprinting with
a second color after the first color is mostly dry.
- Step 4: Dry Paper
Lay the paper face-up to dry. The paper may curl as it dries, so
you might want to flatten it under some heavy books before using it.
Use the paper in any craft you like. It makes pretty
Four Patch Cards
Tip: If you don't like how the paper
turned out, you can print the paper over again one or more times, or
use a different color of paint.
That's it! How will you use your
bubble print paper?
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