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How to Make DIY Geometric Watercolor Art with Saran Wrap

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Updated February 2021

So, this geometric watercolor art is an activity we first tried years ago when Maia was a toddler. We were so impressed that we did it several more times, but then kind of forgot about it.

We’re going through a process of updating old blog posts and tutorials on The Artful Parent, though, and was reminded what a cool art activity this was when we updated this one on the Textured Watercolor Plastic Wrap Technique.

So, of course, we did it again.

DIY Geometric Watercolor Art with Saran Wrap - Purple and Blue

And being me, I took lots of photos.

We experimented with different paints and other variations.

DIY Geometric Watercolor Art with Doodling

And then we extended the activity in a new way by doodling on and tracing the angled lines with pens, including metallic Sharpies and chalk markers.

So it seems time to write a new blog post about this fun watercolor art activity.

DIY Geometric Watercolor Art for Kids

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*We’ve tried this geometric watercolor art with three different kinds of watercolor paint so far, including liquid watercolor paint (our favorite), a watercolor paint palette (just use lots of water to make the paint extra liquid), and water mixed with watercolor paint from a tube. You can also do this with watered down food coloring. 

Time needed: 1 hour.


  1. Paint with watercolors

    You’ll want to add lots of watercolor paint to your paper. The more wet watercolor paint there is, the better.

    We did this with the paint palette for some of them, just making sure to add extra water, and with liquid watercolors for some of them. It works both ways.

    A note about the salt in the photo: We experimented with adding salt, too, before applying the Saran Wrap, but didn’t notice much of an effect.

    Watercolor painting and palette

  2. Add Saran Wrap

    Scrunch up some Saran Wrap and apply it to the wet watercolor painting right away.

    Or, as my kids liked to do, apply a flat piece of Saran Wrap then scrunch it up directly on the paper.

    Geometric Watercolor Art with the Saran Wrap Technique

  3. Let dry then remove Saran Wrap

    Set the Saran-Wrapped paintings aside to dry completely. Like overnight. Then lift the Saran Wrap to reveal your new geometric watercolor art!

    Geometric Watercolor Art with the Saran Wrap Technique - Let dry then remove saran wrap

    Beautiful and super cool!

    DIY Geometric Watercolor Art with Orange and Pink Paint

    Some work better than others, so make a bunch.

    DIY Geometric Watercolor Art with Saran Wrap - Green and Blue

  4. Draw geometric designs

    After making dozens of geometric watercolor art, we decided to get out the pens and markers. The girls and I traced some of the geometry of the watercolor designs and also doodled free form on top of our artworks while listening to a Harry Potter audio book.

    Geometric Watercolor Art with the Saran Wrap Technique - Add Geometric Designs

I love how these look! I especially like the effect of the silver metallic Sharpies. And the chalk markers.

Geometric watercolor art is beautiful and surprisingly easy to make with the saran wrap technique. Here's a tutorial for this art activity plus fun doodle variations.

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  • Reply
    Kerri Irvine
    September 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I just love this page! I am an art therapist who gets so inspired by so many of the ideas you post! Thank you! And I love this one too!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      September 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      So glad you like this activity and get inspiration from my site, Kerri! Thank you for the kind comment! :) I appreciate it!

  • Reply
    September 30, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Amazing art using simple and fun techniques. So very, very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      So glad you like it, Meera! I hope you give it a try!

  • Reply
    May 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    This looks great! I’d love to give it a go but I don’t quite understand how you place the wrap on the paint – do you just lay it on top? If so how does it stay in place? Or do you wrap it around (like covering leftover food) and then scrunch it?
    Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and inspiration – I have had countless wonderful mornings and afternoons over here in England with my daughters trying out your activities and they tell me how much they love ‘doing art’! Xx

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      May 3, 2018 at 9:09 am

      It’s quite easy, Dominique. We scrunch up the plastic wrap a bit and then lay it over the wet watercolor painting. The plastic wrap stays in place (somewhat loosely) on it’s own. We just leave it be until the paint has dried and then lift it off.

      I hope you and your daughters enjoy it! So glad you like the ideas I share here!

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