Object Persistence :: いない …いない … ばあ :: Nothing … Nothing? … Something!

Prep Time: 5 minutes / Creating Time: From 20 ~ 60 minutes /


  1. White Paper (preferably cardstock or watercolor, but it’s really up to you).
  2. White Crayon.
  3. Water Color Paints & Paint Brush.

Variations: Use any variety of papers and crayons. Using white crayons on white paper offers the biggest surprise element, but matching the same color crayon and paper can also be interesting. And/or, just use a mismatched variety and see where it takes you! #paopao #ioi


1. Gather all of the materials

2. Use your crayon(s) to draw: scribbles, pictures, designs, letters, characters, 汉字/漢字, say “Thank You”, etc.

3. Use your watercolors to paint on top of the crayon. The paint will bead and repel from the wax, it won’t blur the wax because waxes are insoluble in water.

4. Voila! There it is… #paopao ! #chiefandmischief #泡泡 #doublehappiness #doublebubble #ici

Notes on waxes and solvents:

  • Natural waxes of different types are produced by plants (such as coatings on leaves and stems) and animals (beeswax is the most common) and also occur in petroleum.
  • Waxes are insoluble in water (a polar solvent). Waxes are soluble in non-polar solvents, such as those containing hydrocarbons. When thinking about solvents, it may be useful to remember “like-dissolves-like.”
  • Hydrocarbon solvents are oily liquids. Some common household products that contain hydrocarbons are mineral oil based cosmetic products like baby and bath oil, creams, lotions and makeup removers. In addition, gasoline additives, motor oil and waterproofing agents.
  • Household products that contain hydrocarbons can be dangerous! Hydrocarbon related substances found in, for example – baby oil – can pose a serious or even deadly risk to children if ingested into the lungs. If hydrocarbons coat the lungs there can be a seriously damaging result.
  • Please be mindful.

DOUBLE HAPPINESS 泡泡 by chief&mischief

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