A trio of bubble paint bookmarks


Gift your loved ones with these pretty bookmarks made with bubble paint! All you need is a little air and a lot of imagination!

Materials : 

  • Sachets of powder gouache
  • Water
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Jar for mixing your paints
  • Measuring spoon
  • A stick,Paper straws
  • Pieces of thick white paper measuring 16 x 5 cm 
  • Skrib gouache paint markers
  • A hole punch
  • A pretty piece of string
You will need:
  • Drying time: 30 minutes 

  • Time to make: 15 minutes for each bookmark 
  • Difficulty: medium - age 5 and up  

Prepare your liquid gouache: 
  • In a jar, mix 2 spoonfuls of gouache powder with 4 spoonfuls of water. Close the jar tightly.
  • Shake well for 30 seconds so that everything mixes together.  
  • Let stand for 3 minutes. 
  • Shake for another 30 seconds. Your liquid gouache is now ready. 
  • Make several different colours to create your own individual designs.

Make your bubble paint:  
  • To a cup, add 3 spoonfuls of paint and 2 spoonfuls of water and then add 6 drops of washing-up liquid.    
  • Mix everything with a stick. 
  • (Add 1 more spoonful of water if the mixture is too thick. The more the mixture is diluted, the less visible the bubbles will be.)

Create your paint bubbles:  

  • Use a straw to blow into the paint to create bubbles that rise above the rim of the cup. Protect your table by covering it with a tablecloth and your clothes with an apron, as the process can throw small drips of paint everywhere! 

Print your bubbles onto the paper:  
  • Place a sheet of paper over the top of the cup, so that the bubbles of paint print onto the back. Remove the paper and let it dry flat. 

Using more colours:  
  • Create other colours in other cups and add different colours of bubbles to your paper. You could even mix the powders to create new colours. Here we have created a turquoise by mixing blue, green and white.

Finish up your drawing:  
  • Using the Skrib markers, draw whatever takes your fancy over the bubbles. These are our ideas:  
  • We've created a tree, a field of flowers, dandelions, butterflies and fish swimming in the ocean, all created using bubbles of different colours. 
  • You could also choose to leave the bubbles as they are if you like their abstract design!

Add the finishing touches to your bookmarks:  
  • Punch a hole at the top of each bookmark and slip a pretty piece of string through.