Do you love painting? Have fun and be creative with your very own homemade watercolour paints. This easy to do recipe includes just 5 ingredients you will probably have at home in the kitchen.
Tips before you begin:
- Don’t forget to ask an adults permission first.
- Make sure you wear some old clothes or use an art smock. These paints shouldn’t stain your clothes but you will want to stay clean.
- If you need help with measuring, ask an adult to help you
What you need:
- 4 tablespoons baking soda (bicarbonate soda)
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup (you can also use glucose syrup)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch (also known as corn flour)
- Food colouring (icing gels produce the most intense colours)
- Mini Muffin Tin or ice cube tray to store paints
- Spoons or spatulas for stirring
- Mixing bowl
How to make it:
- Combine the baking soda and vinegar together in a mixing bowl. The mixture will fizz, so wait till the fizzing stops.
- Add corn syrup and cornstarch, and mix until well dissolved.
- Pour into a mini muffin tin or ice cube tray
- Your mixture will thicken if you stop stirring so keep it moving as you pour.
- Add a dab of icing gel or 6 drops of liquid food colour to each compartment of paint. Stir your colour in with a toothpick.
Hint: If you are using liquid food colour, try an extra pinch of cornstarch if needed to soak up the extra liquid.
- Now the hard part – you have to let your paints dry completely. This could take between 24-48 hours.
- When your paint has dried, simply swish with a wet paint brush to use.
How to store your paint:
When you have finished painting, simply store the paint uncovered and the paint will dry out, ready for when you want to use again.