How to Make Soap Bubble Art

It's fun to paint, and it's fun to blow bubbles. So it's no wonder that painting with soap bubbles is twice the fun. Bubble art has a great look and texture, with no two paintings ever looking alike. The design comes from the bubbles popping on paper, giving new meaning to the term "pop art."

Soap bubble art paintings (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Things You'll Need

  • Tempera paints

  • Dish soap

  • Water

  • Disposable bowls

  • Plastic spoons

  • Drinking straws

  • Paper

Step 1

Materials needed (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Most of the materials that you'll need to make soap bubble art can be found around the house. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Step 2

Stir the paint mixture (Image: Jonathan Fong)

In a disposable bowl, combine two tablespoons of tempera paint, two tablespoons of dish soap, and 1/4 cup of water. Stir well with a spoon.

Step 3

Blow the bubbles (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Place a straw in the soap mixture and blow until bubbles extend past the rim of the bowl. Be careful not to suck in the soap through the straw.

Step 4

Scoop the bubbles onto paper (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Using the spoon and the straw, scoop the bubbles onto a sheet of paper. White, or a light-colored paper, works best. Place the bubbles wherever you want on the paper, and allow them to pop naturally, or blow on them to speed up the popping. When the bubbles pop, they will leave a unique pattern.

Step 5

Add other colors (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Repeat this process with additional colors. Layer colors on top of each other for colorful paint effects.

Step 6

Try masking shapes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Another way to create bubble art paintings is to first place some cutouts of shapes on top of the paper, like the hearts pictured here.

Step 7

Scoop bubbles on top of the shapes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Create the soap mixture and blow bubbles as in the previous directions. Then scoop the bubbles on top of the cutouts and paper, and let the bubbles pop. Repeat with several colors.

Step 8

Remove the cutouts (Image: Jonathan Fong)

After you've covered the entire paper area with bubble paint, remove the cutouts, and the shape is revealed in the artwork. You can either leave the painting like that, or glue the cutouts back on the paper at a slight angle to create a more three-dimensional work of art.

Tip

This project can be messy. Spread plenty of newspapers around your work area, and wear clothes you won't mind dripping paint on.