Insoluble, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary means, incapable of being dissolved in a liquid. An insoluble painting uses oil and water-based paints to create a mystery for the artwork underneath. This is also an excellent science fair project or extra credit.
What you need:
Water-based paint, such as tempera paint
Thermal laminating pouch
Large notebook to create an angled surface
Frame mat (optional)
Paper and markers to draw a picture or photograph
What to do:
Heat the clothes iron to warm and seal the thermal laminating pouch on three sides, about an inch or so from the edge. Be sure the edges are sealed well.
Carefully pour in about 3-4 tablespoons of baby oil. Avoid getting any liquid near the opening of the pouch.
Pour in about 2-3 tablespoons of the water-based paint.
Pour in about 2-3 tablespoons of the oil-based paint.
You may add glitter if you choose.
Use the notebook to create an angled surface so the liquid does not leak out the top of the pouch. Smooth out any air bubbles and then seal the top of the pouch.
Mix the insoluble solution within the pouch.
You can draw a picture, like the picture shown, or use a photograph so you can move the solution around to find parts of the artwork you drew. Tape the picture behind the sealed pouch.
You can tape the artwork to a mat and/or frame for a professional look.
You can tape the pouch to a mat frame and turn it upside down and let gravity do the art.
If you choose a darker color (like the picture shown), choose the second color of a whole shade lighter. The dark green ended up being lost in the dark blue.
Do NOT think you can use a zipper storage bag in place of the laminating pouch. I tried that for the sake of this article, sealed the edges with packing tape and it leaked within minutes of mixing the solution.
If you plan on using a photograph, use half the solution or you won’t see much of the photograph.
Adjust the amount of ingredients to the size of your pouch.
Add small, smooth objects in the pouch, such craft foam shapes, stickers or smooth, flat gems.
See my video with this artwork in action.