Painting with coloured ice – a great summer art experience!
Check it out!! We painted with coloured ice today! I saw lots of posts about this over the the summer, and now I know why it was such a popular activity! You have to try it. It’s so awesome!
The ages of the kids here today ranged from 1 to 5, and they all loved doing this. The colours are vibrant, the “paint” slides across the page beautifully, and the results are really pretty! They look like watercolour paintings.
This is super-easy to prepare. I used what I’m assuming is an egg holder (or possibly an egg mold), to make my coloured ice, but you can use ice cube trays, paper cups, popsicle molds etc. You can even paint with real popsicles, but I’m thinking the sticky-factor might be a bit of a put-off, especially if you’re planning on keeping your little one’s art-work. Not to mention pricey (and wasteful).
Here’s what we did:
I found this egg mold at a thrift shop a couple of weeks ago. I believe it’s a jello mold. I wasn’t sure about that when I bought it. I just saw the holes in the op of it, and I knew exactly what I’d be using it for!I
I filled the container to the halfway point, and then added some food colouring (I used the gel kind for cake decorating, which made for beautifully vibrant ice-eggs), snapped the case shut, and finished filling the eggs through the hole on top. There was a bit of leaking, as the case didn’t shut quite right, but I secured the two halves together with the caps of a couple of pens (I know, Einstein or what?).
Then, I dropped the popsicle sticks through the holes, and placed the case in the freezer (and totally forgot about it until today).
I popped the whole thing into a bucket of warmish water for a couple of seconds so the ice-eggs would come out easily. I couldn’t belive THE COLOURS when I opened it up. Hello, my pretties!
One of the Hooligans’ Gramma’s brings us loads of thin white cardboard (a little thicker than Bristol Board) so that’s what we used as our canvases. You could paint on anything really, but I suspect regular paper would get a fairly soggy if your ice was melting quickly (which ours was today, as it was a super hot afternoon).
Isn’t it pretty? I was so excited! This was way better than I ever imagined it would be! The colours were gorgeous. My advice would be to quit while you’re ahead though, because some of the paintings became really wet with all the melting, and the colours kind of blurred together, which was pretty, but not quite as interesting as the lines and squiggles that were so clear at the beginning.
This actually used up very little of the ice-eggs, so I popped them all back in the case and put them back in the freezer. We’ll be able to do this several more times, before they run out. Ok, seriously? I can’t WAIT to do this again tomorrow!