Monday, October 18, 2010

Messy Monday -- DIY Watercolor Paint

These are the BEST!  My kids love to paint, but we used to go through watercolor paints like crazy.  I decided there had to be a way to make my own.  We love it so much, I just had to share with you!

Watercolor Paints
  • 4 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Glycerin (available in any pharmacy)
  • food coloring
  • ice cube tray
  • tooth picks
  1. Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl until fizzing stops.
  2. Add cornstarch and glycerin and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spoon evenly into ice cube tray.
  4. Add food coloring to each ice cube slot and mix thoroughly.
  5. Mix and match colors until you have all of the colors you want.
  6. Let dry overnight.
  7. Use as regular watercolors.
This will crumble easier than store bought watercolors, but since it is in an ice cube tray it is much less likely to come out and make a mess everywhere.
Hint:  I make 2 of each color so that the tray can sit on the table between 2 kids.  Then they each have the same colors and don't fight about who is using what.
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Stacy said...

WOW! I love this idea! My boys go through water colors like crazy too. And to have double so they won't fight, well that is pure genius :) Thank you for sharing!!!

Stacy @ Not JUST A Housewife

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

This is such a great idea! My kiddos are off-track and need something to do - thanks!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This looks so easy to make. The color look so bright.

Houseful of Handmade said...

I'm definitely going to try this as soon as I pick up some glycerin! Thanks.

Bella said...

Sarah, what a great tutorial on water colors, love it. I am new here, and your newest follower as well. I linked to your party (thanks for hosting). Also wanted to ask you to come share this cool recipe at my weekly party **Amaze me August**. I would really appreciate it.

I am interested in reading more about the NEW YOU. I actually started my 12 weeks challenge, BODY FOR LIFE, and you can also read about that, along with some before pics which are totally scary to look at, so halloween is perfect timing, lol.

Bella ~~