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Weekend Fun: Vinegar Painting Art Class

Vinegar Painting

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How to Make a Vinegar Painting

Get creative! Make abstract art or paint an animal or something from nature (like the sun on the ocean). The end result once the vinegar is added is like “puffy paint” but it’s as much fun to watch the chemical reaction as it is to create the painting.

What you need:
paint (any kind) or food coloring
baking soda
white vinegar
paint brushes
small containers (any kind, even paper cups)
eye dropper or spray bottle or large paint brush

What you do:

  1. Mix some paint with baking soda to form a paste that has the consistency of peanut butter. You may need to add a little water if it’s too dry.
  2. Repeat with different colors, using a separate container for each color.
    Paint a picture using this baking soda paint. Be sure to make it thick in at least some spots!
  3. Pour some white vinegar in a small bowl or wide-mouthed jar.
  4. Drip or dab some white vinegar over the painting and watch the paint sizzle! Eye droppers are great for this, if you have them, or try a fat paint brush and let the vinegar dribble onto the baking soda paint. Try flicking the vinegar off the brush with your fingers to make it splatter on your painting, or try spraying the vinegar from a spray bottle.
  5. Take before and after photos with your camera – you may even want to make a video of the chemical reaction as your paint sizzles and turns puffy.
  6. Keep the paper flat until the paint dries and then hang it on the fridge or in your room.
Do you see the texture caused by the chemical reaction?

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