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How To Make Bubble Paper/Art

November 29, 2012

Hand me a paintbrush and a piece of paper, and I’ll start to hyperventilate. It’s not the paper that does it. It’s the paintbrush. This means I’ll try just about anything to create original paper/art images using just about anything BUT a paintbrush. This latest experiment involved a bottle of bubbles and black ink. Check it out:

Here’s the complete list of what I used to make my bubble paper:

  • bubbles ($1 for 3 at the Dollar Store)
  • printer paper (although watercolor paper would be super cool too)
  • a sink
  • a small container to mix the ink and bubbles

Here’s what I did:

Mixed about 1 part ink to 4 parts bubbles in a small container. I wouldn’t get hung up on the ratio. I tried adding more bubble juice to see if I could alter the consistency of my bubbles. Didn’t see much difference.

Laid the paper in the bottom of a dry sink.

Started blowing bubbles over the paper. (Warnings! If you have long hair, pull it back BEFORE you start blowing. Also, change your top to something that you don’t mind getting inky, OR just go topless.)

Now, there’s not much control here. The bubbles will do what they will as evidenced by these four attempts, but….

Then something like this happens, and life is good.

I used one such bubble burst to make this card, centering the burst inside the cut area. I did iron the pages after they were dry, just to smooth them out, and I used spray adhesive to adhere the bubble paper to the card stock to flatten it completely.

I’m definitely going to do this again using different colored inks. Fun would be to try this on a large sheet of paper. Of course, I’d have to do it outside. And not topless.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Duke of Jahan Jewelry permalink
    March 22, 2013 11:04 pm

    Wow this is a really good idea! I might do this on fabric :)

  2. Annabelle permalink
    March 4, 2013 11:43 pm

    You seem like a pretty awesome person.

    • Jo permalink*
      March 5, 2013 8:11 am

      I’d like to think so. ;)

  3. Christy permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:13 pm

    Hey, I tried this on duck tape and it works! It ended up super cool!

    • Jo permalink*
      March 5, 2013 8:11 am

      On duck tape?? I’d have never thought of that! Cool!!

  4. MichelleG permalink
    March 4, 2013 6:24 pm

    what kind of ink did you use?

    • Jo permalink*
      March 4, 2013 6:44 pm

      It was a gift; some sort of calligraphy ink

  5. March 2, 2013 6:50 pm

    wow awesome

  6. Shannen permalink
    February 20, 2013 10:18 am

    My sister and I used to put bubble mixture and paint into a bucket, then blow into it with a straw to make it all bubbly and frothy and press paper down onto the bubble to get a picture. It was great fun!
    Except when my sister sucked the paint instead of blowing …

    • Jo permalink*
      February 20, 2013 2:08 pm

      Although I feel bad for your sister….*snicker*. That reminds me of the time in grade school when I was chewing on the end of a ball point pen and–for some reason–I sucked on it and basically siphoned the ink out of it. My lips, gums and tongue were midnight blue and no amount of gargling could get the color or taste out.

      • MelieMel permalink
        March 3, 2013 10:41 am

        Ive done that with a pen once, it was horrible-_-

  7. Elenie permalink
    February 11, 2013 5:04 pm

    Omg this is like a gift from God right now. Been trying to find an interesting texture to use as a background for a project i’ve been working on. Thank you and thank you jesus buddah allah… the universe. Now to find some bubbles.

    • Jo permalink*
      February 12, 2013 8:34 am

      You are very welcome, my child. Go in peace. ;)

  8. February 4, 2013 10:24 pm

    Interesting ! I love the artwork produced. I’m gonna try it over holiday season. Thanks for the sharing.

  9. January 5, 2013 2:07 pm

    Genius! I look forward to trying this method. We have a white ceramic sink, so I think maybe I’ll track down a cheap plastic tub, or do this on the grass.

    • Jo permalink*
      January 8, 2013 11:57 am

      I’d LOVE to try this outside with a huge piece of paper and one of those gigantic bubble wands!

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