You’re going to want to try this! Be sure to share with your friends!
‼️A LITTLE ARTSY SCIENCE FOR TODAY‼️
👉🏼👉🏼The word chromatography is a fancy word that means to separate mixtures. It’s easy to separate some solid mixtures, such as a mixture
of M & M’s or Skittles.
All you have to do is look at them and decide how you want to separate them. Some other things are a little more difficult to separate! Did you know you can separate liquids too?
It’s a little more difficult but it can be done and sometimes with beautiful results. For this activity you can use the ink in your markers to do the experiment. The ink is actually a liquid and it can be separated too!
This video demonstrates an experiment that will separate the ink. (Specific directions below) After the ink is separated, you can use the results of your experiment to create some art!
One little secret...black markers are really cool to separate so you might want to try the black by itself as another experiment. We’re aren’t going to tell you what happens so you can see for yourself! Have fun and use your results to make some cool Art.
1️⃣ Flatten a coffee filter and draw a circle in the middle of the coffee filter. Be sure to leave about an inch of white space across the center (diameter) of the circle you draw.
2️⃣ Draw another circle around the first circle, leaving a small amount of space between the two circles.
3️⃣ Continue drawing circles with different colors until you have filled the filter paper, leaving about ½ inch on the outside margin. (circumference)
4️⃣ Fold the coffee filter paper in half (looks like a taco)
5️⃣ Fold the taco shaped coffee filter in half again.
6️⃣ Dip the tip of the coffee filter into the water and watch the water travel into the paper and carry and separate the ink along the way. Dip only the tip. If your water becomes colored, that indicates that you dipped the filter too far into the water. The water will wash the ink into the cup of water and leave very little on your filter paper. If that happens, no big deal, just do another one.
Packages of coffee filters have ALOT of filters in them. After dipping the tip, dip the outer edge of the filter paper in the same way. Open the filter paper and let it dry. If you don’t have coffee filter paper, try using paper towels, or any type of absorbent paper.
Paper towels absorb faster and take longer to dry but they are fun too. You can cut the paper into a circle and do the same exact thing as you did with the coffee filter or leave the paper in its original shape and draw lines across the paper. (actually, you can draw anything on the paper you want) If you choose to make the flower after the paper has dried all you have to do is put your finger in the center of the circular paper. Pull the paper up around your finger and remove your finger.
Twist the bottom of the paper a tiny bit and then tape it to something. (we had pipe cleaners because we were in the studio but you could use a pencil or a straw or anything you might have handy.
Kids are so much more creative than us so there is no telling what artistic creations they might make with the colorful results of their Science experiment.
FINAL TIP---Black markers are always fun to separate! If you have a black marker be sure to try it!