Isn’t purple a sumptuous color? Juicy and saturated and reminds us all of Prince. Or Barney. Whichever the case, purple is where it’s at.
That’s why we joined in on a really cool rainbow project with some really cool bloggers. Yep, a rainbow project! Each of us has chosen a color for a snack and a kid craft. We’re all about smoothies around here since I bought a NutriBullet, and my kids suck them down, even though they’re half spinach or kale. It thrills me to pieces to watch them consume something not processed.
So, in the spirit of purple, we drank purple smoothies and did purple crafting. In fact, I pulled out all the purple art materials I could find, and we experimented. It’s super fun to focus on one color and experiment with different art techniques- you get past the craziness of choosing colors, and jump right into making.
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First, the smoothie recipe. This recipe is for NutriBullet, so if you don’t have one, run out and buy one immediately, then come back and drink and craft.
Spinach halfway to the fill line
1 Tablespoon or so almond butter
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Organic blueberries to the fill line
Unsweetened almond milk or coconut water to the fill line
Craft Materials That We Used
colored card stock
Really you can do anything you want, but here’s the order we used the materials:
1. Dark purple crayon on light purple paper.
2. Light purple crayon circles over the dark purple squiggle line.
3. Purple watercolor in horizontal stripes over the crayon.
4. Ripped and spiraled (spiral the paper strips around a pencil) paper, glued on.
5. Small circles with purple marker.
6. Glued on ripped coffee filter with purple liquid watercolor effect. (see below for technique)
PHEW! Is that enough art experimenting for you? The fun thing was that this was super easy and open-ended.
Coffee filter watercolor tie dye: Get a coffee filter wet and wring it out. Flatten it out on a foil-lined pan. Drip liquid watercolor on it and watch it spread. I mixed water in with the watercolor paint into a drip bottle, because it’s such a concentrated color.
Below you can see what it looks like on a dry coffee filter (left) and a damp coffee filter (right). The right one, dripped as you see, eventually spread to cover nearly the whole filter.
Want to see the rest of the rainbow? Grab your Skittles and check out:
Red at Homegrown Friends
Orange at Coffee Cups and Crayons
Yellow at The Pleasantest Thing
Green at Sugar Aunts
Blue at Growing Book by Book
Purple – here!