Watercolor Bubble Cards

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Wow, it’s been a bit since I wrote a blog post! So much for my once a month self-imposed quota. It’s been a real busy summer.

The other day I decided I needed to craft SOMETHING to write about, and since a friend somehow coerced me over to Pinterest, I was in the land of crafting plenty.

Every time one of my interns wraps up their time at our office, I generally like to give them a thank you card. I thought it would be fun to make some handmade cards to use.

So in the land of craft-spiration I saw this fun (and easy but also messy) painting method and thought I’d give it a try for a fairly low-effort, low time commitment craft project.

Things you’ll need:

Bubbles

Paint (everywhere I read said Tempura…I used acrylic because that’s what I had in my craft stock)

Straws

Containers you don’t mind getting painty (this is why I save all those sour cream and cream cheese containers y’all!)

Newspaper or something else to protect your work surface

Cardstock or watercolor paper

Scissors

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Pour about 1″ of bubble juice into your chosen dish. Add some paint.Image

At first I tried to use this takeout container lid because I figured shallow would be easier and not require as much bubbles and paint… however, it was so shallow it was tough to get the bubble coverage needed.

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And then my dish was so wide that it was hard to control where the paper went, because the dish was bigger than my piece of paper.Image

^^ Oops.

Also, be careful working on this project for extended periods. I’m not too sure if it was the acrylic paint or the scented bubbles, but I was definitely getting a bit of an “I’m high and I can taste chemicals in my lungs” feeling going on.Image

So I switched to these bad boys:

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Lessons learned: The smaller the container, the better. The cream cheese container I used was the best one, because it was shallow but not too shallow, and not too wide. Bonus! Not only can I throw them away when I’m done because they were recycled to begin with, but they have their own lids- so when I got tired but couldn’t decide if I wanted to make more, I just put the lids on and called it a night.

In hindsight, I really wish I had opted to cover the table in junk mail because the bubbles bursting have quite a range for where the paint can land. My scissors are covered in paint.. and my camera might have gotten caught in the crossfire as well. Eep.

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These turn out really cool after they’ve dried. I stuck mine at the bottom of a large stack of library books the next day (FULLY dry of course) to flatten them out because in the drying process some of the corners curled a smidge.

ImageSo there you have it. If you’re looking for a fun and short-lived project, this fits the bill- and you end up with something useful, because who doesn’t like a handwritten card?

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