Disclosure: Discount School Supply was kind enough to supply us with more of their amazing liquid watercolors at no cost so we could continue experimenting with them. Receiving free product does not influence me since I only accept products I have already tried and love!
This was one of those discoveries I stumbled upon while doing something else. Aren't those some of the most fun?
You know we love some window art around here (you may have seen our Contact Paper Window Art or our Mix and Match Spring Flowers), and of course we're addicted to Colorations Liquid Watercolors. While messing around with another project, we happened to splash some liquid watercolors onto wax paper and it was sooooo pretty!!! So, of course, we had to experiment further!
I tore off a large sheet of wax paper (the kind you get from the grocery store), taped it down to the table, filled an ice cube tray with a variety of colors of Colorations Liquid Watercolors, handed S a dropper and let her go to town.
It was so cool to see the beading as S dropped each color of her Colorations Liquid Watercolors onto the wax paper. Over time, it slowly bled into the wax paper and dried - but it was a slow process. We had plenty of time to marvel at the cool shapes and patterns created by the initial resistance by the wax.
After awhile, S requested a paintbrush to smear the bigger dots across the paper, shattering them into teeny perfect circles. (Oh, and yes, she was painting with a crocodile. He didn't want to miss any of the action.)
We allowed the wax paper to dry overnight and it was GORGEOUS and vibrant when held up to a window the next day. I couldn't resist making it into a beautiful butterfly. My friend Stephanie at Twodaloo made some oh so lovely butterfly suncatchers with a different method (check them out for another fun way to decorate those windows!) and used twigs for the bodies. I couldn't resist copying her genius butterfly-body-design. :)
It's still striking on a wall or a table, should you prefer to display it somewhere else in your house.
Now that you're (hopefully) ready to make your own - a few tips. If you don't have Colorations Liquid Watercolors (What are Liquid Watercolors?), you will need to substitute food coloring. The colors may not be quite as vibrant, but it will still work. I don't believe you can use regular watercolors (the kind in discs that you add water to) because they would be too watery --- which leads to my next point -- wax paper is pretty fragile, so do not add any water or it will tear. S tried adding water in one spot (like three drops) and it totally tore through in that spot. If you are careful moving it, the liquid watercolors absorb slowly enough that we did not have any tearing issues. We did not set anything under ours because we were using liquid watercolors which are totally washable. If you are using food coloring, don't forget to put something between the wax paper and your table because food coloring will stain the tabletop (and it does soak through the wax paper enough while you are creating to leave a stain).
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