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first mix a small amount of tempera with your bubble mix or dish detergent/
glycerin/ water mix (sorry I don't have the proportions handy). You will
have to experiment with the amount of tempera, but don't try for really
You might also try adding food coloring, watercolor or inks. Inks work
well but are more expensive, of course.
1. set a small container of mix in the center of a large sheet of paper and
blow into the cup until the bubbles overflow on to the paper. Remove the
cup and you will have a bubble "frame". Allow the bubbles to pop in place,
leaving a thin film of paint.
2. Blow bubbles directly onto the paper in clusters. (several may work
around 1 sheet of paper.)
3. For larger bubble circles, blow individual bubbles, letting them drop on
the paper, or catching them on the fly. (This tends to be a much more
"active " approach!)
4. You can also fill the container with bubbles to just above the rim, then
place the paper on top of the cup. This tends to give more control of
placement if you want overlapping prints, and of print shape.
The individual bubble prints may be embellished with pen, fine markers or
colored pencil. Clusters of bubbles make interesting "flower" starters for
still life collages, etc.
Experiment with different types of paper for subtly different effects, with
different size of straws or with wire loops or anything else you can blow
through to make a bubble.
But the big fun is in making them...It's a great outdoor project for a
beautiful still day--or a slightly breezy one-- If you're working indoors,
just be careful about moisture on the floor where someone might slip.
Lily Kerns (CWKerns)
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