Paint Activities


India Ink Smoke Paint Activity
Make an interesting swirled design with the India ink smoke paint activity.
Make an interesting swirled design with the India ink smoke paint activity.
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Your child's finished artwork will look like swirled marble after this India Ink smoke paint activity. Use the paper to make note cards, book covers, or smoky backgrounds for pictures.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Craft stick or paintbrush
  • India ink
  • Construction paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Drawing paper
  • Markers

For the India Ink Smoke paint activity:

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Fill a sink or basin with 1/2 to one inch of warm water. Use a craft stick or paintbrush to swirl the water around, and add two drops of ink to the water while it's still swirling.

Step 3: Place a sheet of construction paper on top of the water for about three seconds. Slowly lift the paper out of the water. The wet paper will curl a bit.

Step 4: Turn it over, ink side up, and lay it flat on newspaper to dry. If you want to make more smoky ink designs, drain the sink and repeat the previous process. Make sure you clean the sink when you're done.

To make a note card, cut a sheet of drawing paper smaller than the inked paper. Glue the drawing paper on the blank side of the inked paper; fold the card in half.

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