Using a harmless research strain of bacteria we have developed a collection of colorful bacteria allowing you to create living Bio-Art. At first your canvas will appear blank but over a week the bacterial colonies will multiply by millions and your art will come to life.
Petri Paint is a great activity for adults and children. We have worked with children as young as 5 years old to create successful projects.
Petri Paint Kits Include
- 6 Blank Petri Dishes to draw on
- 1 Colored Bacteria Palette with 6 different colors
- Painting Tools
- Seals for Petri Dishes
- Nitrille Gloves
The bacteria is a harmless stain of E. coli called DH5α. This type of bacteria is widely used in university and professional laboratories around the world with no health risks. You do not need to be concerned about touching, smelling, or breathing this bacteria. This bacteria has a strong smell but is not dangerous.
Your art will take about 1 week to develop sitting at room temperature. After about 1 week your bacterial colonies will stop growing and your art will remain fixed. The bacteria will die within a month but your art will not change. The media in the Petri Dish that the bacteria was living on is made largely of water. Over time the water will evaporate and the material will begin to dry out. As this happens your art will be damaged. The overall life span of your art will be 2-6 months.
Kits are made to order. Please allow us 5 business days to prepare your kit before shipping. Most kits will ship out within 1 week of receiving your order. However when working with living bacteria unexpected delays can occur.
Kits should be used within 2 weeks of receiving them. Please store your kits at or near room temperature (best between 60-75° F)