I love making homemade art supplies! We go through them so quickly that it has become a much more economical option for us. There are so many fun materials we want to try, so it has been really interesting learning how to make our own like the DIY powdered paint and beeswax crayons we made awhile ago. This morning we added scented liquid watercolors to our repertoire of DIY art materials!
- Gather your supplies: markers (you can use old or new ones, use more if they’re dried out), spray bottles, essential oils or fruit flavorings, water and pliers.
- Remove the ink cartridge from the markers, you may have to cut the plastic or pop off the bottom of the marker casing depending on the brand. Put the ink laden pieces in to the bottles.
- Add water and let sit for at least 24 hours.
- Remove the now inkless piece of the marker and add your desired scent.
- To make these spray resist paintings, use a white crayon to write on watercolor paper. I like to use painters tape to adhere the paper to the table and prevent the kids from moving it. Also, it adds a nice boarder to the finished piece of art.
- Now spray your scented liquid watercolors! They’re bright and beautiful and have so many uses!
The kids love to use spray bottles, back when we played with our water transfer tot trays the spray tray was the clear favorite! These bottles are nice because they help build hand strength but are still useable by toddlers. Gray loved squirting the different colors and then sniffing the air, at one point I think he was trying them on much like perfume! I can’t blame him, they smell really good!
Here are their finished pieces! Aurora is working on learning to write her name so this was a fun way to practice that skill!
There are so many fun projects that you can use liquid watercolors for, just search around on Pinterest for a bit and I’m sure you’ll find one that inspires you! If you’re not in the mood to make your own, you can buy them here: Sargent Art Liquid Watercolors. Either way, they’re an awesome art supply to add to your collection. Here are a few of my favorite way to use these paints!