When we think about the holidays, visions of twinkling lights, flickering candles and colorful decorations come to mind.

“Here at the Walters, we get to see those same elements in art every day,” said Rebecca Sinel, Manager of Family Programs at The Walters Art Museum, “like the brightly colored light that streams through the stained glass windows, or the luminous jeweled pieces in our special exhibition, Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition.”

Try this fun, DIY card bubble art project you can do at home! (Maybe save it for winter break and make New Year’s cards?)

Make the experience even more meaningful by topping it off with a visit to the museum for art inspiration. Families can always discover something new! Each weekend, explore a different work of art that relates to a monthly theme. You can visit the studios in the Family Art Center and create a unique art project to take home, or stop by the Art Cart to read a story, build a tower, try on costumes, or just relax as a family. The third weekend of every month features extra fun with a walk-in tour and a special paint party. And here’s the best part—all these programs are free, and no registration is required.

DIY Bubble Cards - (cool) progeny

DIY BUBBLE HOLIDAY CARDS

Materials

Shallow Dish
Soap
Water
Fork
Straw
Food Coloring or Watercolor Paint
Paper
Crayons (optional)

Instructions

Fill a shallow dish with soap and water. Whisk with a fork.


Use a straw to blow bubbles in your dish of soapy water.


Use a dropper to squeeze liquid watercolor paint onto your bubbles. You can also use food coloring.

Repeat steps 2-3 until you have colorful bubbles spilling over your dish. It’s ok if it gets messy!


Place your paper on top of the soapy foam, pushing down gently. Hold it down for a moment.


Lift the paper and set it flat on the table.

The paper will be foamy and wet. You may choose to blow more bubbles and repeat steps 3 through 5 on the same piece of paper to layer your colors!

Options: Use crayons to add a design to your artwork. If you draw on your paper before adding bubbles, the water will resist the waxy crayons. Experiment with paper of different sizes and shapes. You can also use your paper to make cards, gift wrap, gift tags—the sky is the limit!