Tuesday, February 11, 2014

{what cold people do for fun}

 photo IMG_8734_zps9360f54e.jpg When Barclay got home from work yesterday, Becky and I had all the ice cream out of the freezer and were in the middle of a science experiment. Sort of. Like, the kind of science experiment second graders do.

(Not to negate the scientific prowess of eight year-olds.)

(The ice cream wasn't exactly part of the science experiment. The ice cream was just to make us happy.)

We were mixing watercolours and freezing them on sheets of paper on the back step to see if ice crystals would form in the paint. You know, like how they do on the windowpane, but in Technicolor. Because...well. Because why not? Because we're Canadian and we need to figure out some way to put this -30 weather to good use. Because I miss science class. Because what's funner than watching paint dry?
 photo IMG_8757_zps520e0377.jpg I can just see the thought bubble above your head right now.

Anyway. It sort of worked but mostly didn't, (as seen in exhibits a & b below) which is okay because we'll just try it again using a little less paint next time and a little more water and maybe heavier paper plus we'll leave it out there longer. And then the idea is to paint an actual picture and let the whole thing crystallize. Should be pretty, I think.
 photo DSCN1036_zps2d1bd171.jpg  photo DSCN1035_zps138c4832.jpg And when we've perfected the art of watercolour crystal-making...maybe we'll have to move on to something more third-grade. Like magic ink.