How to draw on water with a marker

Inky hearts that float on water

Ev­ery kid wants their draw­ing to come alive and play – and this is easy to achieve with one sim­ple trick! Check it out in our video!

Safe­ty pre­cau­tions



  • dry erase mark­er;
  • plate;
  • wa­ter.

Step-by-step in­struc­tions

Use a white­board mark­er to draw a pic­ture on a plate. Let dry for 1 minute, then pour wa­ter on it. Ob­serve as the pic­ture floats on the sur­face of the wa­ter!

Process de­scrip­tion

The white­board mark­er con­tains spe­cial sub­stances that pre­vent its ink from cling­ing to smooth sur­faces, such as white­boards or plates. When wa­ter is added, its mol­e­cules make their way un­der the draw­ing, which pops up. And since the ink is both in­sol­u­ble in and less dense than wa­ter, the draw­ing floats eas­i­ly on its sur­face.