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Rainbow Pop Paintings

Yesterday we tried doing pop art with paint, vinegar and baking soda in Ziploc baggies.Rainbow Pop Paintings
{please ignore the stain splatter on *everything*. We need to power wash the table yet}Rainbow Pop Paintings

Rainbow Pop Paintings


  • Large piece of paper
  • baking soda
  • measuring spoons
  • tissues
  • snack size zip-top baggies
  • vinegar
  • tempera paint


  1. Spread a large sheet of craft paper {we tape several large pieces together since I’m out of roll paper} on the ground.
  2. Measure one tablespoon of baking soda into the center of a square of toilet paper, fold it into a bundle.
  3. Tuck it into one corner of a snack-size zip-top bag.
  4. Help your child mix one-third cup of white vinegar with one tablespoon of tempera paint; pour into the opposite corner of the bag.
  5. Seal quickly, leaving a little air in the bag and shake slightly to mix.
  6. Set it on the paper, then stand back.
  7. The bag will quickly puff up like a pillow, then pop, leaving an inkblot-style masterpiece.

Snack size baggies work best but I only had a few of them so we adjusted the “recipe” for larger baggies with lots of trial & error. It was a good activity and lesson anyway.
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My niece is here helping this week. Isn’t that nice? Yes, it is!
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The art isn’t exactly a keepsake with all the baking soda and tissue clumps that remain after the paint dries but this wasn’t really about the art, but the process. Rainbow Pop PaintingsRainbow Pop Paintings
Yes, some paint soaked through to the rug but it’s going to be replaced soon anyway.
This last baggie didn’t pop but decided to squirt out the corner so Brett shook it around while it was spraying. That was fun too!

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Great outdoor summer fun idea that includes art and science!

Amy A @ Child Central Station

Wednesday 1st of February 2012

I think this is by far my MOST favorite paint idea yet! I love it when you can mix science and art for an amazing process! Thanks for linking up over at the PreKandK Sharing We LOVE Paint linky party!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree

Friday 11th of November 2011

So awesome! What a great idea!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

Thursday 14th of July 2011

This is soooo cool! I wondered if the baggy would completely pop on its own or if you'd have to splat it to help it along. So cool! Thanks for sharing today!


Wednesday 13th of July 2011

I love love love this! I'm headed to the store tomorrow to pick up some more bags so we can do this!