How to make your own watercolour paints

A palette with watercolour paints

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
  • Toothpicks


How to make it:

  1. Combine the baking soda and vinegar together in a mixing bowl. The mixture will fizz, so wait till the fizzing stops.
  2. Add corn syrup and cornstarch, and mix until well dissolved.
  3. Pour into a mini muffin tin or ice cube tray
  4. Your mixture will thicken if you stop stirring so keep it moving as you pour.
  5. 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.

  1. Now the hard part – you have to let your paints dry completely. This could take between 24-48 hours.
  2. 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.

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