Sugar Aunts: Indoor Play: 3D Drip Paint

Indoor Play: 3D Drip Paint

This is an easy activity that will keep the kids busy indoors during the cold weather. We were trying to make watercolor paints with a bit of a twist. We added some salt to make it sparkle and added a little more vinegar and baking soda to make it drip.

The starting ingredients are:
3T baking soda
3T corn starch
3 T vinegar
a few teaspoons of salt (not in the picture above)
food coloring
You can adjust the ingredients to your liking...adding more corn starch makes it thicker...adding more vinegar will make it thinner...not sure what adding more baking soda does...just makes it fun to watch it bubble!

It was like a science daughter found it a little stinky!


Mix all the ingredients together. We used 4 separate containers to make red, yellow, green, and blue.  My daughter had fun mixing the colors and watching them turn from one color into another.  On the paper we made orange, purple and brown. 
Make sure you line your table with plastic.

At first the paint was a little runny so we added a little more corn starch.  Then we decided to add a little salt.  Just be careful that no one eats it and keep it away from the animals.

It turned into a beautiful mess!

The paint was perfect for dripping onto paper and making 3D art.
Once dry, the kids had fun peeling the paint off of the paper.  We hung the picture on the window and it turned into a really neat sun catcher.

Even the little guy got in on this one.
He found the drips to be pretty amazing!

This was a fun activity that we will do again.  Once you let the paint sit for a little while in the containers, they harden and can be used again and again...just add a little vinegar to the paint and it will thin out again. 

This was the final product- 3D drip art!


  1. What a great idea! I think I'll try that out this week with my little one.
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  2. So much fun!! Beautiful art :)

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  3. I love this idea! I will definitely try this one day :)

  4. My kids would love this idea! Thanks for the project inspiration :)

  5. Thank you for your kind comments! We really appreciate that you've taken the time to comment. Hope you have a great time doing the painting activity!

  6. This is good and very creative, which always enhance the intellect skills of your children. As an alternate I would also suggest indoor playground equipment that enhances a new approach to deal with challenges in children.

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