Painting with pipettes is a fun process art project that combines sensory play, art and science. It’s one of the projects included in my Art Spark resources which will give you everything you need to start a joyful art practice with your children.
Process art painting with pipettes
Painting with pipettes uses absorption to create art which is not completely under the control of the artist. It’s an art process which crosses over into science, as it offers the opportunity to explore and experiment with different materials, comparing their absorbent nature.
You’ll find many of the Art Spark projects have links across the curriculum, particularly to science and math.
Materials: pipettes :: watercolor paints, liquid watercolors, inks, water and food coloring, or watered-down tempera or acrylic paints :: kitchen paper towels
Set out a variety of colors, which can be watercolor paints (try our homemade watercolor paints recipe), liquid watercolors, inks, a mixture of water and food coloring, or watered-down tempera or acrylic paints.
Use your choice of colors to create patterns. You can experiment using dry or wet paper towels, and play with color mixing.
You can use a magnifying glass to look at your patterns up close.
Pipettes are readily available in online stores – look in the science supplies section – but if you can’t get hold of them you can use spoons or paint brushes to drop your paint.
Pipette process art variations to try
All the projects in the Art Spark ebook and online art course come with suggested variations. This makes it easy for you to adapt the projects to suit your children’s interests. You can vary the projects to suit the ages of your children, and dive deeper into techniques that they especially enjoy.
To explore the science of absorption further you can vary the base material of your art. In place of kitchen paper towels try:
Blotting paper :: watercolor paper :: muslin :: gauze :: fabric :: sand :: shaving foam :: salt :: cotton wool :: sponges :: felt
You could raise your paper onto an incline such as an easel, wall, ramp or slide. Apply the paint using the pipettes and explore the waterfalls that are created as gravity works with your art.
If you enjoy painting with pipettes you might like to use them to explore the marbling technique that is featured in the book in Art Spark Fifteen.
Download the Art Spark Resources
The Art Spark resources bring you 30 art projects that make it easy for you to explore creative techniques with your children. There are lots of ideas that are very easy to set up, so whenever you want to do some art you’re all ready to go.
The projects including watercolours, mono printing, marbling, scrape painting, drip painting, frozen art, scratch art, printing techniques, yarn art, and ideas to explore shape, color, gravity and movement.
Also included are links to famous artists, well-known works, and art around the world, so you can go deeper into arts education including: Henri Matisse; Rex Ray; Pablo Picasso; Janet Sobel; Georgia O’Keefe; Paul Cezanne; Yves Klein; Guiseppe Arcimboldo; Jackson Pollock; Cy Twombly; Alberto Giacometti; Harry Bartoia; Lescaux, Altamira, and Ubirr cave and rock paintings; Japanese suminagashi; and Mexican Huichol art.