“I remember doing this activity in art at school” I told my kids.
“My art teacher was really cool, kinda weird, and quirky, and the art room was always a mess, but we did all kinds of cool things like this.”
I have such fond memories of that art room at my primary school, back when I didn’t care if I could make art that was ‘good enough’, back when it was just fun to explore, and glue, and draw, and paint, and create.
I know my big kids have the same sort of memories about their school’s art room, and their wonderful art teacher, and I hope they hold on to them for a long time to come.
You have to try these easy, yet magical, floating chalk prints!
The technique for this printing activity couldn’t be more simple, yet the results are totally amazing!
To make your own floating chalk prints you’ll need:
- Some chalk pastels or regular chalk but make sure there is a lot of colour/pigment in the chalk.
- Some paper – we used regular A4 printer paper.
- A shallow tub that the paper fits in filled with around a centimetre or two of water.
- Something to scrap the chalk – we used plastic knives.
- Somewhere flat you can lay your prints to dry
Begin by filling your tub with water, it doesn’t need to be very full, just enough to cover the bottom of the tub.
Now choose a chalk and carefully but firmly scrape chalk onto the the top of the water. The coloured chalk dust will float on the top of the water. Add more and more colours – a little of the chalk dust might sink, that’s ok, there will still be lots floating on the top.
You can use a skewer to swirl and mix the colours if you like, but be quick and gentle, you want most of the chalk to stay floating on the surface of the water, if it gets too water logged it will sink.
Now take your piece of paper and gently place it onto the surface of the water. Use your finger tips to press the paper gently onto the top of the water. After a minute or so gently lift the paper off the top of the water to reveal your floating chalk print!
The prints look magical!
Covered in speckled swirling colours, almost like marbled paper!
We had so much fun making these floating chalk prints.
We are working on a way to make a really big print so we can frame it to hang on the wall.
I wonder if we could make them in the bath???
Find more easy art activities for kids here, or try one of these: