Got old markers lying around? This is Fiona's favourite way to use up the last bits of ink in them. You'll need:
- some heavy paper (watercolour paper is ideal)
- a glass or bowl of water
- a paintbrush
- old markers
Start by "painting" the outline of a heart with water in the middle of your page. Then "fill" it in with water. You want to be able to see that the paper is quite wet (which is why you need heavy paper).
Choose a marker and press it really hard into the wet part of your paper.
Choose other markers and press them into the wet paper really hard. Depending on how wet the paper is and how much ink is left in the marker, the colour may spread out a lot, which is really cool!
Keep going until you fill in the space of your heart with different colours.
Take your wet paint brush and smear/swirl some of the colours together.
Once you are happy with the result, let it dry on a flat surface!
Another option is to start with a wet circle. Press your markers into the wet paper as you did for your heart, filling the space with as much colour as you want.
Use your wet paintbrush to smear/swirl the colours together. Make sure you use a fair bit of water for this one.
Pick your paper up and move it around. If you've used just the right amount of water, you'll see the water move and take the various colours with it but not spread beyond the original circle. If there is too much water, it will dribble out beyond the circle, which can also be fun! Keep moving your paper around until you are happy with the result.
Let it dry on a flat surface.