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I am thrilled today to be sharing something totally crazy creative awesome: Kool-Aid Watercolor. Yes, you read correctly. Kool-Aid Watercolor! We can actually watercolor with Kool-Aid! It’s not just a wonderful sweet fruity drink, it can also be an art supply. Mind blown? Good. And so, if you are ready willing and able, let’s do this and learn how fun, inexpensive and beautiful watercolor painting with Kool-Aid can be!
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Because we are typical people, we do most of our shopping at Walmart–it’s got everything, it’s cheap and there’s one by my house. Score. Along with other things we picked up an assortment on unsweetened Kool-Aid mix pouches as well as a 96 oz Ready-To-Drink Kool-Aid Jug. Both of these products are great for drinking o watercolor painting, really!
Step 2: Preparing the Watercolor Page
Once we were home, groceries put away, kids fed and put down for naps, I dove into my Kool-Aid watercolor project. Now, here’s the thing. Kool-Aid watercolor, although fun and colorful, doesn’t allow you quite the control that regular watercolor might. We can’t really control how watery the paints become (as you will see in the next step). Therefore it is important to prepare your watercolor page in a way that it will naturally separate the colors.
To do this, pull out some watercolor paper, School Glue and a Button (or anything round–a quarter, bottle cap, etc). Place the button on the paper and trace around it with the glue. Pick the button up, set it next to the circle you have already drawn and repeat until you have a nice little circle design. Allow to dry completely.
Step 3: Mix your Paint
Once the paint is dry, it’s time to start your Kool-Aid Watercolor creation! First, mix up what will be the vibrantly colored paint in your creation. In small bowls mix 1 TBS of water with each packet of Kool-Aid mix. Once the powder and water are fully combined it is ready to be painted with.
Step 4: Paint!
This is what you have been waiting for–paint!
Just a quick word about watercolor: Watercolor creations are meant to be softer and more blended than other types of painting. Don’t get hung up on exact lines and don’t set out to create something overly small and detailed. We are watercolor painting with Kool-Aid after all! Have fun! For my project I filled in each little glue circle I created with a different color. The glue will work to naturally separate the colors. I also liked the look when I got a little bit of the paint on the glue outlines–it gave the whole thing a nicely blended look.
Step 5: Gently Blend
As I mentioned before, watercolor is at it’s best, and most romantic, when it is gently blended. To do this pour a little bit of the 96 oz Ready-To-Drink Kool-Aid into a glass (as if you haven’t been drinking it all along already!!) and use this to gently go over what you have painted and blend the colors together. Since this Ready-To-Drink version of Kool-Aid obviously has more water than the powder mixed paint, the color will be much lighter. Since I was working with the Watermelon flavor the Ready-To-Drink Kool-Aid gave my picture a slightly pink tint, which I thought was fun.
And there you have it–Kool-Aid watercolor–a real thing! Give it a try this summer. It is the perfect little nap-time project to attempt while sitting out in the sun sipping on some cold sweet Kool-Aid!
And, if this isn’t enough fun for you, Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart to help promote the new 96oz bottles! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!
Friday May 30th 5-7pm:
13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 3-5pm:
3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 6-8pm:
517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
Friday June 20th 5-7pm:
1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 3-5pm:
1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 6-8pm:
809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 3-5pm:
1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:
2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
However you decide to do it, I hope that Kool-Aid, sipping or crafting, makes your summer just a little bit sweeter!
Thanks for being here, and all the best,