- round (basket) coffee filter paper, white (available at the dollar store)
- watercolor markers (we used Crayolas)
- spray bottle of water
- flatten coffee filter
- fold filter in half.
- use sharpie to draw 1/2 a butterfly on the folded paper.
- Trace over all the Sharpie lines again (this helps transfer ink to the other half of the filter paper).
- Open the paper.
- Retrace all the faint lines with Sharpie.
- Re-fold the paper into its original position.
- Color the folded paper using watercolor markers. We used warm and neutral colors for the butterfly, and cool colors for a band around the edge of the paper.
- Place folded filter paper on drying rack, colored side facing up.
- Spray with water. I try to saturate the paper (note: put some newspaper on the floor under your drying rack to catch the colored drips).
- Let dry before removing from rack.
I love the faux tie-dye effect created by the diffused color. I also love the round format. Bonus: coffee filters are available at the dollar store! So this project costs a couple of cents.
Inspiration for the Sharpie/coffee filter/watercolor marker method goes to Kati Oetken at ARTASTIC!
More coffee filter art experiments on this post.