Sun Catching Water Color Painting


If you are a regular reader, you probably know that my daughter loves to paint. We like to try different painting mediums and experiments. We all the know the reaction that occurs when you mix water & oil.  I was wondering what would happen if you used oil on paper and then added water color to it. Would the oil repel it on paper as well?

What you will need:

Water color painting paper

Cooking oil

Water colors (I just mixed water & food coloring)

Paint brush



In a small dipping bowl pour just a cap full of cooking oil.


Using a paint brush or Qtip dipped in oil draw out the design of your painting.


When your image is complete, you can begin painting.


Prepare your water colors.


Let your little artist do her work.026



Well, It did not quite repel the watercolor, but it did give off this wonderful transparent effect when in the sunlight. Mai liked the butterfly so much, she asked mommy to make her one with an elephant too.

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21 Responses to Sun Catching Water Color Painting

  1. Again another I will totally pass onto my husband to do with our girls 🙂

  2. What a great idea. I have to do this with my girls. It would look beautiful on their windows.

  3. ilianora says:

    Love this, will be so pretty when it’s sunny!

  4. Cecile says:

    That is so cool! I love the effects of the oil.

  5. cindy b says:

    Wow that is beautiful! I would love to do some of this!

  6. Jen Andrade says:

    So fun and so easy, I didn’t know about that cool oil trick! Going to try this next week with my youngest, they’re off school for a week!

  7. I think this turned out so cute and the fact she wanted to do more lets you know she loved being creative and how fun for you to display her art work.

  8. Becka says:

    your butterfly is so pretty!

  9. Ummmm amazing! This is such a fantastic idea and will be using it immediately!

  10. What a super cool idea, turned out great!

  11. Janet says:

    My daughter is going to love this. She loves painting, too. And it’ll be good for her fine motor skills. Her curriculum is online, Time4Learning, which she loves, but I’m always looking for hands-on experiments or crafts to do together. Thanks for this post!

  12. Christy says:

    What was it like as it dried? Did the oil keep it kind of greasy? Would it spread if someone bumped against it or was it absorbed into the paper enough to not be a problem?

  13. bsymommonologues says:

    Great Idea! This is really nice I would try this with my son.

  14. Lisa Nelson says:

    What a wonderful craft activity! Totally pinning this one. This looks like a lot of fun, especially for spring! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us on the #homeschoollinkup!

  15. Pingback: Home School Link Up | Christy's Houseful of Chaos

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