Markers Kids Process Art


Best Kids Process Art using paper towel and markers designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners to promote fine motor skills and creativity.

Are you looking for the best Markers Kids Process Art using items around the house? Besides, the set up is super easy since you probably have everything handy for this kids craft! Most importantly, during this awesome color mixing experiment, your little one can express the artistic side while creating various patterns on a paper towel. And, since your little artist can concentrate on the process rather than on the end result, this fun kids craft is just perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners!


You’ll need for this fun kids activity:

  • paper towel (we are using Bounty since it is thick and has a nice design)
  • Sharpies (buy ultra-fine point here and regular here)
  • water markers (we are using double-ended watercolor brush markers which are amazing! They have a thin and a thick point, and we have been using them for numerous crafts and art projects. Also, we used washable Crayola markers. (You can also try regular highlighters.)
  • droppers (these have a removable silicon bulb to prevent mold accumulation)
  • water

HOW TO make this fun kids craft:

First, offer your child to color the dots on a paper towel with Sharpies. Since this type of marker is more permanent and less water soluble, colors would not dilute – ‘spread” much. So use Sharpies sparingly, just as an accent. Next, offer your child to follow the lines on the paper towel with watercolor markers or highlighters. Because water markers are more water-soluble, your child can use them generously!

Paper Towel, Markers and Water Color Mixing Experiment from Anya on Vimeo.

Lastly, when the entire paper towel has been designed, offer a dropper to squirt water over the paper towel. Make sure not to squirt too much to avoid drenching the towel.


Did you notice that where children used Sharpies, the colors did not “bleed” or mix as much?


What your child is observing during this kids craft is that the water travels through paper diluting and mixing colors. This process is similar to our Capillary Action Science Experiment below, where I describe the process in details.

See here Capillary Action Timelapse Kids Science Experiment – Rainbow Walking Water

Adult supervision is required.

Want more?

See here a video-post Balloon Color-Mixing Craft. Moreover, see here a video-post Lava Lamp: Oil vs Water Density Immiscibility Experiment with Alka Seltzer.

See all our Science Experiments here.

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  • Reply jwangutusi May 21, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Hi. I love your work. It is eye catching even to adults. Kindly i need back links from you.

    • Reply Anya June 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you, what kind of link would you need?

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