Who knew it was so easy to make your own Water color paints? Note - wet paint is much darker than when it's dry on the wall. ), provides beautiful results, requires little care, will last between 8 and 10 years, all for a fraction of the price of industrial paint: … I can’t wait to make these!!! tried this today…it is wonderfull!!!!!!!!! Add a dab of icing gel or 6 drops of liquid food colour to each compartment of paint. I just made and had the same issue with it being too thick after adding corn starch. PInning and FB sharing. I’m not sure who will have more fun-my daughter or me lol. It’s a wonderful and inexpensive paint for toddlers and preschoolers. i didn’t want to get a whole bottle for just that little bit, it’s not something i use otherwise. How did they turn out once they dried? hello! I really don’t know. Once fully combined, funnel the mixture into paint bottles. Add pigments until desired color is achieved, not exceeding a ratio of 20% by volume. I teach art at rather large elementary school. Have fun with your paints! Use paints on watercolor paper with a wet paintbrush. In a mixing bowl, mix 4 tablespoons baking soda with 2 tablespoons vinegar until fizzing stops. If you let them sit while you prepare your egg carton and let it dry, the paints will start to set up, and I think you’ll have difficulty transferring them to the egg carton. You have to let them sit for up to 48 hours until they harden. That layer of water on the top will evaporate as they dry. Flour Paint, made from water, soap, linseed oil, pigments, iron sulfate (a common food additive), and flour (you might’ve guessed! Thanks for suggesting I link up the denim aprons! Hey! Your email address will not be published. Sorry if this question has already been answered – you have a ton of comments here and I didn’t read them all! Add the vinegar right on top and immediately mix as it interacts with the baking soda. Mix to a smooth consistency. 25+ Preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables, 50 links to activities not featured in the book. They never last long because the paint trays are so tiny, and the colours get all mixed together as the kids drag their brushes through them. Coolness!! I went to make these and before the food coloring after mixing all ingredients it didn’t seem to have enough liquid did I do something wrong? Your mixture will be VERY thick. So glad you’re going to try this! Pour 4 tablespoons … This was a huge hit for Christmas…I made some up from Santa…and the boys just love it. Add 1/2 cup of water… and mix until smooth. love them. When you stir it, it’s liquid. OMG God sent me your link via Teach preschool. is it able to be left out? or lick her paint or project I don’t have to worry about her getting something that is going to make her sick. I can’t thank you enough! I was referring to the painting I make, not the paints themselves, but I guess your answer would apply to that too. Chalk paint recipes. We just use them in the daycare as a replacement for the cheap watercolours that you buy at the dollar store. I have an idea that I tried with tube watercolors and they just shrunk up and cracked, I was so sad! The hooligans love a good art project, and they love using those little trays of watercolour paints. I think in certain baking recipes, the honey can used as a substitute for Kayro/Corn syrup, but I don’t know if it would work for this recipe, Sara. lol If your kids are older, and can control the amount of water they use a bit better, they would probably last. I imagine it would work, but I really cannot say for sure. Can’t wait to get this recipe to her mom (my daughter). All Rights Reserved. 2 cup measuring cup. I make homemade watercolour paint disks for my daycare children. Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. You certainly could transfer it to the yogurt tubs, Cheryl, but I would leave the lid off. They’ll last for as long as you have them. Today they are stuck without the primary colors. I’ve never tried. You really have to dig to get it moving, and once you do, it goes quite liquidy. I love it because it’s big enough to SHARE!!!! It will seem extremely thick and paste-like when you’re trying to mix it. Now, grab your colours and have some fun! Thanks for the tips, LadyShold. Thanks! I just made 3 batches of this for my daycare kids. With white, I added a dropper of Indian ink to pasty mix stirred. These paints work great and will store indefinitely. Add corn syrup and cornstarch, and mix until well dissolved. I accurately followed this recipe only to find out it was a powdery/chalky mixture that couldn’t actually be poured into the ice cube tray so there is probably something missing front the recipe, perhaps it calls for extra vinegar? Those are the mini-est muffin pans i have ever seen! Such a great idea…can’t wait to try it. 1 part floetrol, 1 part paint, 1 part glue. Hey, looking forward to trying this out. So glad to see how stunning they turned out on paper. She pours the paint in a cup, adds a little bit of water and stirs, adding a little bit of water at a time to blend. Hey, I use apple barrel paints because I am on a budget. Fabulous! Please shed some light…… Thanks. My kids are playing right now. Hope this helps. Of course if it does I will post and link back to you Thanks for the inspiration! It occurred to me when you said you like to add white to your colours that you might be thinking you can use this for some serious art-work. Hi! Enjoy! They’re nicer than any dollar store watercolours we’ve ever used. Thanks so much, Tabitha! Hi Margie, Ok, so I notice that you made your paint and msg’d me at 2:42am (my time I guess), and then painted your egg cartons and were letting them dry at 3:09am, and were waiting for them to dry before adding your paint. I think my son will enjoy helping me make the paints, too! I had more invested in the wrapping and bow than the gift its self but no one noticed that fact. Dried in a few hours. But I can never get the amount of cells I desire. I’m thinking of an idea for this paint, I’ll have a try to see if it works and get back to you. of water to one cake oval. Because tube paint is thicker than a standard fluid acrylic out of a bottle, we can’t just use a 1:1 ratio of volume, we must use weight.Everything has to be done by weight to make sure the texture and consistency will be on par with the original. Just swipe a wet paintbrush over them to make art. To use: Mix enough pouring medium into your acrylic paint until you get a heavy cream like consistency. Regarding your plans to paint a picture for your living room, please keep in mind that these paints are neither archival or artist quality. These paints ARE cheap and easy, but I should tell you that they’re not a suitable replacement for the tempera type water paints you use in the classroom. $2.00 Chalk Paint Recipe. Wow! It stiffens right up. Hi Shirin, that’s a double batch that I’ve made there. Wonderful idea, Dayna! This is something I need to try. Definitely a money saver too! I love this, can’t wait to try it! Store these paints uncovered so they don’t go mouldy. They are an inexpensive substitute to the children’s watercolours that you would typically find at the dollar store. Stir your colour in with a toothpick or popsicle stick and mix well. Oh, and when the kids heavily coated the paper in the paint is when it dried all chalky and flaky. Brilliant! I’m glad it ended up working out for you, Angie! I have tried various recipes: 2 part floetrol, 1 part paint,1 part glue. I believe that’s what it’s know as in other parts of the world. Although they took about 2 1/2 days to set. I have a bunch of mini muffin tins that these would be perfect for! This activity is super easy but provides a ton of fun for children. That sounds right. Correct, Jill. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The paints dry into solid watercolour paint pucks that will last indefinitely. Squirt some corn syrup in a bowl. But all in all it was great and I can’t wait to try it again. If you are lucky and have a water bottle sillicone ice tray that makes cylindrical shape it makes great “pencils”. These are great. The red in the photo below is the Kool Aid finger paint above. CornSyrup substitute. FBing and tweeting for anyone who hasn’t see this yet. Pour the mixture into individual egg carton cups, filling each about a third to halfway. before i make these, i wanted to make sure of a couple things 1. are they just like watercolor trays that when they dry, they can be reused? I’m glad you loved them! Happy creating, hooligans. Thanks for the inspiration! First things first, this recipe has one huge difference from the original: it is based on weight. homemade liquid watercolours from our dried out markers, checklist of 100 Fun Things for Kids to Do at Home. I’m sorry, but I don’t know, Essi. Thanks for sharing your experience though. This Wilton Set of 8 Icing Colors is great, it includes transparent Yellow, magenta and cyan. can we use this for face painting too. Add the  corn syrup and cornstarch, and mix well until the cornstarch has dissolved. Pour into a mini muffin tin or ice cube tray. Thanks, Aleacia. It should be mentioned that these paints are not archival quality by any means, but they’re perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who like to paint. Keep a small bowl of water handy for dipping your brush. I was looking for activities to keep my four year old granddaughter busy, because was going to have surgery. Our first batch lasted over a week with the kids painting every day for a little bit here and there. i hope it works too. I was dreading the idea of buying multiple packs of paint, but this will work perfectly and cheaply! haha. Perfect, Cassie! Add the entire contents of the 2 oz. LadyShold (Artist) just add one dropper ful of white Indian ink,to make white. My kids also love painting!! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas, I’ll try with the corn substitute, because we don’t have any kind of syrup here. Less water on the brush is more with these paints too. My 4 homeschooled kids are just now learning painting tchniques, and watercolors was up first. https://simplyvintagecreations.com/best-diy-chalk-paint-recipe The cold water recipe (green) doesn’t stick to paper as well. I’m so excited about this find that I will be sharing it next week at a workshop I’m presenting for art teachers in my district. When you’re finished painting, simply store the paint tin uncovered, and the water will evaporate, leaving your paint discs in perfect condition for your next art session. Thanks for sharing! They turned out so colorful! If you’ve ever made GOOP before, you’ll know what I mean. Thanks! Cheers Margie, Hello Jackie We used Wilton Icing Gels to colour all but two of our paints; for the red and yellow, we used liquid food colour. Thank you for the post and thank you for this blog – I cannot wait until my wee one goes to bed tonight so I can look around your site further!!! As soon as I saw your post on FB last night I was like oh I am soooo making those! I have a 3 year old who loves to paint, but it HAS to be washable! Thank You! Source: Here’s another tip, when I make watercolors I use the best ingredients, honey and gum Arabic is all you need to mix with dry pigment. Salt Painting. If you do not mix the vinegar and baking soda very quickly – it will be lumpy and a bad batch. Divide it up into three sandwich bags and add a few drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring to each bag. Add the corn syrup last, stirring it slowly until all lumps and clumps are removed from the mixture. An added pinch of cornstarch helped compensate for the extra liquid. So many opportunities for learning before the paint even hits the paper! This HOMEMADE PAINT is made with cornstarch, baking soda, corn syrup and vinegar, and costs just pennies to make. We recently recycled denim too… the kids made their own denim covered art journal and decorated them with textas, ribbons and buttons etc they look fabulous. Add 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Hmmm.. Once you add the vinegar t the baking soda you need to mix it IMMEDIATELY – do not delay. My daughter and I went to visit my mom and other family in Texas for Christmas and Christmas gift funds were extra tight this year. My kids get to learn science from the reaction of chemicals, following directions (in making the paints), using tools to measure, learning about measurement sizes, primary colors and seconday colors and how to make them, creativity, art and some responsibility. Instructions: Let the watercolor set in the hot water for several minutes, or feel free to speed it up by stirring it. Paint on in layers, adding a new layer as the previous one dries. When coloring rice paper or soft tissue for quick projects, such as flowers, I use fruit cups or applesauce cups to mix my water and food coloring in. I stack the dry cups, smaller storage space. , Great Art recipe idea.. Just checked on them again and the liquid is back sitting on the top. Hope your kids have a blast with these! Yay! DIY watercolor paint comes together easily with a few simple ingredients. They are the same pigments you use for cooking, PY100, PR122 & PB15. 2. what is the karo syrup for? Thanks. I can’t wait to make this paint. What a great idea. Add about a tablespoon of warm to hot tap water to the Plaster of Paris and stir to dissolve the powder. Mix until a uniform consistency. Mix a third of a cup of plaster of pairs with a third of cup of water. You just swish a wet brush over the disc of paint, and the colours come alive. We didn’t have any staining here, Sarah. Making homemade paint is a great way to save money if you have kids who love to paint and who go through paint quickly. thanks for all the great ideas! craft paint bottle into the bowl and mix it well into the water and CCP mixture. I don’t think you can leave the corn syrup/karo syrup out. She was going to throw them out but I took them made them all in to paint sets and wrapped them up to give to my friends kids/my daughters friends . I’m always trying to come up with new ideas and crafts to do with the kids and we recently tried salt painting. I was so excited to make these with my daughter but when we made it, it came out like that corn starch & water mixture where you can’t stir it. Wow, I can’t believe how cheap and easy it is going to be to refill my school supplies when I’m running out, I think my boss is going to love me too much! The colors are so bright! Jackie to the rescue!! Yes, it does do that, Rachel. 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