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Painting With Bubbles

BY  of Artful Adventures

Bubble painting is a classic children’s art activity, and it’s easy to see why – it’s easy, cheap, kids love it, and the results are pretty good too, but bubbles are also amazingly versatile; we’ve tried 3 different techniques now, and each one has distinctively different results.  Check out the first and most familiar technique for bubble painting here and click over to Artful Adventures for more ideas on how to paint with bubbles!

Classroom Activities Bubble Painting

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Tempera Paint


Liquid soap



Large tray or bowl


1.  Mix your paint (in this case tempera) with a little water, and a squirt of washing-up liquid in your tray or shallow bowl.  Stir it up good!

3.  Blow into it with a straw to create lots and lots of bubbles.

4.  You then gently place the paper over the bubbles to take a print from them, remove, and allow to dry.


This is the basic technique, but you can vary it. For example, you can use a large tray of bubbles to cover the whole sheet. Alternatively you can use several small pots of different coloured bubbles, as in the example below, and print them one at a time on the same page, (or cluster them together and do them all at once) to create multi-colour bubble circles.  Another variation is to try layering one colour print with another using bubbles of a different colour.

Bubble Painting

Photo Courtesy of ArtfulAdventures.co.uk

 Click to find more bubble painting techniques that while a little messier, are just as beautiful and fun!

Jude Drever of Artful Adventures

‘Jude Drever is the author of Artful Adventures, a blog dedicated to the ‘young at art’. An artist and mother of 2 young boys, with a career background in Fine Art and Museums, she is also the founder of Artful Kids, a new and unique online boutique devoted to gifts, products and services related to children’s art. She passionately believes that exploring art in a playful way is not just for children, but offers something for grown-ups too. Her blog shares ideas, projects, and techniques for art, as well as her own artful adventures.
You can also follow Jude on Facebook (Artful Kids), Twitter (@ArtfulKid) and Pinterest (artfulkid).

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