You Can Make Art From What?? How To Color Rice Like a BOSS!
Learn how to color rice like a boss! Uncooked rice is like, the most useful substance since sliced bread, or as long as we’re talking about arts and crafts, the greatest thing since paint or clay was invented.
Yep you heard that right – dye your rice different colors and see creativity take off! Better yet, you can mix different colors and see what results you get; the sky is the limit. This is a project you should get your kids involved in if you have them; as they will have a blast turning boring white rice into pretty particles of fun!
Rice is the cheapest thing on the planet….so you’d be crazy not to take advantage of it as one of your artforms.
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All you need to have on hand for dying rice is: lots of rice (duh) get bags by the pound so you can experiment with colors and shades….some food colorants, plastic baggies that can be closed, and some rubbing alcohol.
Getting Started: Let’s Color Some Rice!
Portion out the rice into each of the bags; depending on how many colors you want to start with. I’m doing warm tones here. Red, orange, yellow and magenta. Now drop a little colorant in each bag of rice – start with 5-6 drops and increase slightly if needed.
If you have only the primary colors – red, yellow, green, and blue – you can mix things up a bit by mixing colors. Red + yellow =orange, blue + red= purple, blue and yellow =green 🎨
I like to make even more color tones by varying the amount of color drops per the other color. For example, I got spring green by adding two drops of green to five or six drops of yellow to get that pretty light, bright green color.You can get fuchsia by adding a few more red drops per blue drops to get that purple over into the pretty pink zone.
Shake Those Bags to Distribute the Color
Close the bags (don’t worry about pushing the air out right now; it’ll help you spread the color better) and shake shake shake each bag one at a time vigorously to distribute the colorant.
If you used a small number of drops, you will probably get a light to moderate color. If you want more vibrant color, reopen the bag and add some more drops of food coloring, and shake it up again.
Some grains are going to be darker than others, this is normal, these most likely were the grains that got hit with the dye directly first. Unless you add a whole lot of colorant, you can expect to see variations in color on the rice.
Now, to set and dry the colors….I use rubbing alcohol. Some people prefer vinegar, such as this mother of 3 who enjoyed doing this project, I don’t, I like to think of vinegar as a cleaning agent, to each his own. Use a misting bottle or similar to apply the alcohol to the rice bags – just a little.
Now put them all in the freezer…About 6 hours will set the colors; I left mine in there overnight before taking them out to start using them.The alcohol works great -no stained fingers!
Now you’re ready to use your colorful rice! You have infinite creative craft ideas waiting for you….Spread it on a canvas and come up with your very own “grainy” masterpiece, fill up bottles or jars (like my example, see below) or use it as a substrate with other mediums.
Remembering a trip to a “make your own sand art” booth at a craft fair once, I layered the colors to have a cool gradient effect. I made this last year. It’s got all the “cool” tones, blues, greens, purples….as you well know I am in love with color gradients.I just can’t stand to make something only one color. Boring!
This was as much fun as getting to layer different color sand into cute bottles to end up with a piece of art at the end. This will be like that, but without all that messy grit that sand leaves behind.
Need some ideas? Mix and match colors according to holidays or seasons:
Christmas – Red and green rice, Valentine’s Day – Pink and red rice, Easter and spring – Use pastel colors, Fall, use warm tones like I did, like red, orange, mulberry, purple.
Once you have colored your rice collection….what do YOU plan to make? Something like the cute jar and bottle art? Use it as vase filler? Spread it out over a canvas and go to town? Hopefully you will come up with plenty of colors of rice so you will have the right colors for each occasion!