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Weather kid of the month: Floating drawings

Posted at 6:39 AM, Apr 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-02 06:39:36-04

GRAND RAPIDS — Have you ever wanted to make your drawings come to life? Our West Michigan Chevy Dealer weather kid of the month Ellie will make drawings float away in the blink of an eye! Are you ready for a scientific magic trick?!?! Here’s what you need to get started.

- Plate

- Dry erase markers

- Warm water

Step 1: take your plate and draw a drawing with your dry erase markers

Step 2: let it completely dry

Step 3: slowly pour a bit of room temperature water over your drawing

Step 4: wait to see what happens and help your drawing along by gently wiggling your plate. Now watch your drawing float away!

Pretty spooky to see drawings come to life!! This is all happening because of the chemistry in the dry erase markers. It’s the special ingredients in these markers that include whats called a solvent which is typically some kind of alcohol and a polymer which to what makes the ink erasable. The polymer ingredient prevents our drawings from sticking to the plate allowing the water to slide underneath it and since the drawing is lighter or less dense than the water it’s strong buoyancy force overcomes any stickiness and our drawing floats away!