Make Rad Abstract Photos From Milk and Food Coloring
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Picasso had his paint brush, Michelangelo had his marble, Escher had his sketchbook, and now you have a milk carton?
Strange as it may sound, you can make twisted tie-dye swirls and churning volcanos of color by simply mixing milk, soap, and a little food coloring.
This is the stuff of dreams if you are one of those photographic Jackson Pollocks who gets their jollies from abstract snaps.
Plus, you don’t need any fancy gear and all it costs is lunch money.
Poke your head in the pantry, swing by the fridge, check under the sink, and in minutes you’ll be making your own Moona Lisa.
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Why It’s Cool:
You never know what creations will come out of this churning rainbow wonderland and it’s good times for everyone from kids to Great Aunt Edna.
And although it’s quick and easy to clean up, it won’t be short on the wow factor.
- Whole or 2% milk
- Dinner Plate
- Food coloring (red, blue, green, yellow)
- Dish-washing soap (Dawn seems to work well)
STEP 1: Pour the Milk
A thin coat will do, you don’t need to go overboard.
STEP 2: Add a Dash of Color
The food coloring will allow you to see the reaction that happens in the next step so feel free to experiment with the placement of your dye drops for different effects.
STEP 3: Get Soapy
Twirl the soap around a bit to make sure the whole cotton swab is coated.
STEP 4: Dip Your Q-Tip
You can keep dipping your Q-tip and reapplying soap to create new shapes, colors, and textures.
STEP 5: Capture the Color
We found that increasing the saturation, contrast, and sharpening, helps to get pictures that really pop.
Try using a macro lens with your phone or DSLR for super close ups.
Also, using a fast shutter speed will help prevent the moving colors from blurring.
You can experiment with new color combinations, try using a different type of milk, drop colors around at random, use two or three Q-tips at once, or anything else you can think of to spice up your pics.
Taking It Further
- Setup your milk and dye in a glass dish and shine a bright light through the bottom for an illuminating effect.
- See what other experiments you can turn into works of art like steel wool lightpaninting, create photos using plants, or develope film with coffee!
- Try photographing your food coloring dropped into water for some fantasticly abstract results.
Many thanks to Casetofoane for use of their song ’90’ in our video!