Saturday, March 09, 2013

Tye Dye Milk Art

I spent some one-on-one time with my nine-year old granson. He loves science and art and our Saturday morning project incorporated both.

We started by pouring milk onto a large plate. Make sure the plate is able to contain the liquid. Next, a dropper was used to disperse assorted food grade colorant on to the milk.

Make sure you rinse the dropper between each color. We used approximately 8-10 drops of each color (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue).

The next step is to place a few drops of dish soap in the center of the plate. The blue color Dawn dish soap worked well.

As you can see, the application of dish soap immediately caused the colors to explode into a tie-dye pattern.

Another few drops of dish soap caused even more color explosion. You can swirl the colors with a toothpick or wooden skewer to create awesome color displays.

Don't over mix the colors or you'll end up with a muddy looking color. Once you achieve the perfect mix, snap photos that you can later edit in a photo editing program.

My grandson and I used MS Publisher and resized the photo to fit onto 8 1/2 x 11" white card stock. This was a birthday card, so we added block text lettering and scored the card for folding.

My grandson, Carson, was delighted with the final look of his card. The best part was knowing it was a card he created himself. He will have great pride in presenting to Grandma Mike on his birthday.

This entire project took less than 30 minutes. Don't underestimate the power of spending time with your kids or grand kids. This half  hour was a time of bonding with my grand son while creating something uniquely his own.

The food-grade colorants can be purchased at GoPlanetEarth. We offer colors not readily available at your local food market.

Carson hand-printed his message inside the card and will give to his Grandpa Mike tonight at dinner.


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