Bubble Printing Micro Worlds


In this video Bubble Printing Micro Worlds, we explore bubble printing and draw into our prints to create the look of bacteria and “micro worlds”

Bacteria are tiny organisms which are all around us and can only be seen with a microscope. Bacteria come in all different shapes such as spirals, spheres and rods and are found in nature, food and on our body.

We begin our work by creating our bubble prints. We pour water and dishwashing liquid into a small bowl. We add colour to this using ink and stir together. Next, we use a straw and dip it into the bowl before blowing. This will create a mass of bubbles which will sit in the bowl. We use a piece of cartridge and press it down on to the page to get our prints. We repeat this process until our page has enough bubbles on it.

Next, we draw into our bubble prints. Using a fine liner we look at the shapes and patterns that have been created in the bubble print. We then trace around some of these shapes and add in extra details to make small sections look like bacteria. We vary the shapes, patterns and lines that we use to make each bacterium look unique.

This project can be connected to a science lesson as well. Students can look at bacteria under a microscope and discuss the shapes and forms which they see. They can then use this knowledge and transfer it into their drawing. Students can also create bubble prints using a variety of different colours.

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Lesson Plan: Bubble Printing Micro Worlds