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Creating Patterned Pictures of Historical Philippine Sites



  • watercolor

  • food coloring

  • paint brush

  • watercolor paper or any thick piece of white paper

  • salt

  • baking soda

  • vinegar

  • dropper or straw

  • tape

  • pencil

  • marker

  • ruler


  1. Start by mixing the food coloring. For this project, we made a blue batch and a purple batch of the solution.

  2. Put some glue on your paper and sprinkle enough baking soda to cover the sheet.

  3. Using your dropper, pick up some of the mixtures that you made and make small droplets onto your baking soda-covered paper. Watch it fizzle when it hits the paper!

  4. Once the paper has dried, you may use watercolor to paint over it to add more details. We painted the Paoay church on ours. Once it has dried, we went over it with a pen to add more details and the finishing touches.

  5. Apply a thin layer of water onto your watercolor paper. After that, take some watercolor and lightly brush the wet layer with your color. We used blue for some areas and green for others.

  6. When you have your colors down, sprinkle some salt over the still wet layers. Let it dry and watch as patterns begin to form around the grains of salt you laid down.

  7. Just like what you did with the baking soda painting, once the background has dried, use some more watercolor to paint some silhouettes onto your paper. We chose to paint the Basco Lighthouse on our canvas.

  8. Once the painting has dried, use a dark pen to go over your painting to add more detail. Don't forget to vary the length of the lines and to create vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines to bring out your desired structure.

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