Coffee Filter Art

Take a coffee filter, make dots using washable markers, add water and watch as the ink travels and merges and makes pretty patterns.

Coffee Filter Art

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age Any
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  • Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers
  • Water and Water dropper


    1. Using washable markers, make dots of colors on a coffee filter. Holding a marker on the filter paper will result in larger dots - the longer you hold, the bigger the dot will be.
    2. Using a water dropper, drop several drops of water in the center of the filter.
    3. Watch as the water spreads taking some of the ink with it.


    1. The bigger your dots of color, the better!
    2. Don't add too much water, otherwise all your ink will dissolve and the resulting picture will be very faint.
    3. Be careful to protect your workng surface, the ink will go through the filter and mark the work surface.


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    Useful supplies

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    BUNN -B 100-Count Basket Filter
    Crayola Pip-Squeaks Skinnies Washable Markers, 64 count, Great for Home or School, Perfect Art Tools
    Crayola Pip-Squeaks Skinnies Washable Markers
    Droppers - Plastic (pipettes) Set of 12

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