For thousands of years, people have used colors from nature to create art. Many plants have natural pigments, and the one in red cabbage is very special- it can change color when it is mixed with ingredients from your kitchen. In this activity you will use acids (like lemon juice) and bases (like baking soda) to turn red cabbage into homemade paints in an array of colors. Then dry your custom watercolors and use them for months!
Create your own colorful watercolor paints using pigments from red cabbage. Then paint a piece of art!
This activity was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Grant Number R25 GM129220, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).