Coffee Filter Chromatography Experiment

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Is black really black? Is gray really gray? See the separation of colors through coffee filters and water and create cool art work while learning!


  • Coffee Filter
  • Washable Markers
  • Cup of Water


Step 1. Gather your supplies.



Step 2.


Flatten the coffee filters then scribble them with black, blue and gray markers, similar to the ones in the picture.


Step 3.


Fold the coffee filters in half, and then in half again.



Step 4.


Place the bottom points of the coffee filter into a cup that’s about an 1-1 1/2″ filled.


Step 5.


Watch as the colors disperse!


Step 6.


Let your coffee filters dry and then admire the abstract colors!


Step 7.


Use the shapes inside the watercolor kit to create more cool artwork!