Unicorn Vomit "Printmaking"

Friday, August 17, 2018

This is a simple, messy art project that will have your kids super excited to try it because of the name alone. I mean, Unicorn Vomit. It's equal parts magical and disgusting! How could they resist!?

While it sounds gross, this art activity is actually a sneaky teaching moment. Combing elements of marbling and printmaking, this project introduces your little ones to the concept using abstract methods to create art and the basic principles of replicating it through a simplified printing process. 

Acrylic Paint in Light Pink, Yellow, Bright Blue, and Bright Green
Gallon Freezer Bag
Paper to Print On (the heavier the better)

Step one: Cut down the seams of your freezer bag and lay it flat.

Step two: Squeeze out drips and lines of paint on one side of the bag, staying away from the edges. At this point, the only thing you need to care about is that the colors look balanced and that there aren't any huge blank spots.

Step three: Fold the freezer bag back in half, completely covering up the paint.

Step four: Squish the paint around, or use your finger to move it. If you really want it to look marbled you can also use a fine, blunt tip to move the paint around (like the wrong end of a paintbrush). Be careful not to overmix, or you'll end up with a gross poop color.

Step five: Pull the bag apart and step back to look at the results. If you're happy, move on. If you have a section that has too much of one color, trying adding more paint until it looks right.

Step six: Carefully place your paper down directly on to the paint, face side down. Push gently, then peel the paper up. Set aside to dry and repeat the process until the results stop pulling up paint.

You can repeat the process as many times as you want!
If your colors start to look muddy you can always wash your bag off and start again.

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