Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Space Clouds!

This week the kids and I made our own tiny nebulas (nebulae?) A watercolor and salt project.

It was a fun and quite simple, though there is some prep work for the adults.

 you'll need:

water colors (we used a crayola washable water colors palette)

water color paper

freezer paper

parchment paper

paint brushes

scissors or razor blade

iron and board

Freezer paper is something meat gets wrapped in a lot. It's a paper with one side that is plastic coated on one side, which makes it perfect for temporarily fusing it to paper or fabric for projects.

Step 1: Cut a piece of freezer paper slightly bigger than your water color paper. Trace a circle onto the paper and cut it out.

Step 2: Cut a piece of parchment paper larger than the freezer paper (this is to protect your ironing board from the melting plastic)
I used large sheets of water color paper and quartered them

the one on the left I had to re-iron to get rid of the bubbles

Step 3: Iron the freezer paper onto the water color paper (plastic side down) Make sure there are no bubbles around the edges of your circle. Peel the fused freezer paper and watercolor paper off the parchment paper.

Step 4: Paint the circle. Brushing plain water onto the paper first until it bends slightly off the table is the best way to start. Then add you colors, I like to go from light to dark colors but whatever you and the kids like is fine.

Step 5: While the paper is still damp sprinkle salt on top.

Step 6: Allow to dry then brush all the salt off, and gently peel off the freezer paper.

Step 7: Name your space cloud!

This idea was inspired by these awesome Tiny Nebulas shown in this video:

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