Paper Towel Art:
When I thought up this activity, I actually wasn’t thinking “paper towel art”. I originally planned to use paper coffee filters, but at the last minute, I thought paper towels might be better because of how absorbent they are. I’m happy to say that the paper towel did not disappoint. The results were gorgeous!
I’m not exactly sure what we’re going to use our colourful creations for, but I’m sure we’ll work them into a craft of some kind, and when we do, I’ll share it with you.
For now, here’s how your hooligans create some paper towel art of their own.
Gather your supplies:
- washable markers (I don’ t think permanent markers would work. The ink needs to bleed when wet)
- paper towel
- paintbrushes (or a cup of water and a medicine dropper).
This is actually a great way to test your markers and find out which ones are good, and which ones are ready for the trash.
Simply scribble all over your paper towel, filling it up as much as possible. An older child can do this on his own, but a younger one may be overwhelmed at the prospect of covering the entire paper towel, so you may want to work together for this part.
Once you’ve finished filling in your paper towel, lay it out on a hard surface. Don’t put anything absorbent, such as a towel or even paper underneath, as I suspect it would suck a lot of the colour out of your paper towel. I would use a hard surface such as a plastic tray, a cookie sheet or a vinyl tablecloth. We worked on the plastic-y/veneer surface of our second hand coffee-table/craft table.
Now, have your child wet the paper towel by either brushing water onto it with a paintbrush, or by dropping water all over it with an eye dropper.
It’s SO pretty to see the scribbles transform right before your eyes. The colours blend as they bleed together, and any white space on the paper towel soaks up the colour. It’s really a gorgeous process!
Drying your art:
Dry your paper towel somewhere that the air can get under it and all around it. I hung some of ours on the clothesline, but I also put a couple on a cookie sheet so the would dry from underneath. Just be sure to lay it on a surface that will A) not absorb the colour or B) not stain!
Our art did fade a little as it dried, and wasn’t as vibrant as when it was wet, but it was still very pretty. I tore the paper towels into strips, and then had the hooligans rip it all up into smaller pieces.
Now I just have to figure out what we’re doing with it! Got any suggestions?
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