Watercolor Fun With Rubbing Alcohol
Watercolor painting is my jam.
It’s the thing that brought me back to art and painting. And it’s the thing I continue to fall back on whenever I feel the urge to create. (Which is often.) So when I came across a few watercolor-related tutorials online, I knew I would be trying some (if not all) of them over the course of #the100dayproject.
I have played around with salt and watercolors before and kind of liked it and kind of hated it (too messy). So I just stuck to my tried and true ways of painting and called it a day.
That is, until yesterday when we tried out dripping rubbing alcohol onto our watercolors.
OMG is all I have to say.
The results were immediate and immensely satisfying. Leaving beautiful circles and streaks throughout the painting. The more we got into it and realized how to make it pop, the more mesmerized we were by it.
We also tried lemon juice because it was said t have a similar effect, but found that the results were only meh. A more subtle and less satisfying result, to be honest.
Anna, her Aunt, and I all give it two thumbs up and I personally am looking forward to playing with it again in the very near future.
How to create your own watercolor masterpiece
- Watercolor paint*
- Rubbing Alcohol* (70%)
- 2 bowls, jars, or old yogurt pots for water and rubbing alcohol
- Watercolor paper* (I typically cut our 9×12 paper down to 4.5×6)
- Art Smocks*
- Paper towels
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- Paint your piece of paper in whatever way you want. The more abstract, the better here. Have fun playing with colors!
- Clean and dry your brush on a piece of paper towel and then dip it into the rubbing alcohol. Tap your brush over your painting and watch as it drips onto your paper. Alternatively, you can also put the brush directly onto your paper and paint with the rubbing alcohol.
- Repeat as many times as you like!
- Marvel at your creations and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Note: We found that darker colors and layering of colors seemed to work better with this process, making a more stark contrast between where the paint and the alcohol met. Could have just been from the paints we were using, so please play and have fun so you can see what works best for you.