Rainbow Paint Bleed Art

Rainbow Paint Bleed Art is not only fun but creates the most beautiful blends and patterns.

You need paper, water based paint, clean water to paint on to the paper and a separate pot of water to clean the brushes in

Thin the paint so it’s very watery and will flow on the paper.

Paint Bleed Colours

Using a sloped work area (we propped up a builders plastic cement tray on a beanbag) wet your paper all over with clean water.

Paint Bleed

Starting at the bottom of the paper, paint a block of watery violet colour. Next, brush a layer of clean water above the violet colour block just touching the very top edge of the paint. 

Rainbow Paint Bleed Art

Continue painting the blocks of rainbow colour one by one including the water sweep finishing with a final water sweep above the red.

As my eldest found out, the paint will bleed and move differently depending on the paper used.

The thin cartridge paper warped and created its own channels for the watery paint to travel down.When we used thicker watercolour paper which didn’t warp the paper bleed was more subtle.

Rainbow Paint Bleed

They make beautiful pieces of art work as they are but you could also use them as a back drop to mixed media collages and illustrations, cut out shapes or even add stickers.

Have a look at our Rainbow Craft Hangout for some more fantastic ideas. There’s a real mixture of crafts all of which if put together would make a great Rainbow Party!


Red Ted ArtWaldorf Maths Gnomes (16 sec), Rainbow glass jar tea light (1 min 2 sec) Rainbow Fairy Peg Dolls (1 min 40 sec), Rainbow Pinata Cake (2 min 36 sec)
Kids Chaos – Origami Cranes (3min 30 sec), Paper Bunting(4 min 4sec), Origami Rainbow Wreath (4 min 45 sec)
Zing Zing Tree – Paper Plate Collage, Drip Paint Art Rainbows, Needle Felt Rainbow
Domestic Goddesque – Rainbow themed party ideas, pompom initial letter ornament, rainbow hat
Me And My ShadowRainbow Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark, Rainbow Fruit Skewers, Rainbow buckets, Rainbow Bead Jar

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13 Responses to Rainbow Paint Bleed Art

  1. Liz Burton says:

    I LOVE the effect this gives, it’s so beautiful.

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  4. Helen Neale says:

    What a simple but really beautiful idea – something that little hands can really get stuck into. Thanks for joining in with the Parenting Pin it Party this week xx

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  13. Shannon says:

    Great project 🙂 Thanks for allowing me to share this in my St. patrick’s Day roundup

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