Thursday, July 16, 2015

Coffee Filters Three Ways

I love coffee filters. First, I love using coffee filters to make coffee. But that's not the purpose of this post. I love using coffee filters for other things. Because they are so lightweight, they are perfect for some art explorations that just wouldn't work as well with regular paper.

Here are three ways we've used coffee filters to explore and create.

Coffee filters are perfect for making snowflakes. Or cutting designs in general.

Coffee filter snowflakes (Brick by Brick)

Cutting coffee filter snowflakes (Brick by Brick)

They are easier to cut since they are so thin. And that thinness makes them easier to cut when folded a couple of times.

Coffee filters absorb water. Water also flows through them easily. So we drew on coffee filters with washable markers. Then we painted water over the drawings.

fire designs on coffee filters (Brick by Brick)

drawing fire designs on coffee filters (Brick by Brick)

painting on fire designs on coffee filters (Brick by Brick)

The colors run and bleed together to make interesting designs. Here we were exploring fiery designs.

Since water flows easily in the coffee filters, we discovered that liquid watercolor paint does, too.

pipettes and liquid watercolor on coffee filters (Brick by Brick)

using pipettes and liquid watercolor on coffee filters (Brick by Brick)

liquid watercolor on coffee filters (Brick by Brick)

We used pipettes to draw up watercolors and dispense them onto the filters. Sometimes we saturated the filters and caused "overload"!

Coffee filters make a great addition to our art supply. We've even used them to make angel wings.

What have you used them for?

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