Do your kids love to paint? Watercolour paints are easy to use and clean up. To save money on constantly purchasing these paints, why not make your own watercolour paints?
Make Your Own Watercolour Paints
We made these paints in small plastic shot type glasses that I had picked up from a cheap shop. Originally, I had planned to use them to hold water for the paints, but worked out they would also be great for holding the paints we made too.
What you need to make these paints:
- bicarb soda
- white vinegar
- syrup (make by boiling one cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until clear)
- food colouring or tempura paints
- jug for mixing in
- containers to put your finished paint in
- paddlepop sticks for mixing
To make the paints:
- Mix 4 TBSP baking soda with 2 TBSP white vinegar. When the fizzing subsides, slowly add the cornflour and syrup.
- When mixed, pour into containers and add food colouring. Mix well.
- The colour of your watercolour paints, depend on the amount of food colouring you use.
- To make darker colours, add more food colouring, for lighter colours, only add a small amount of food colouring.
- Leave paints to harden. The deeper the container your paint is in, the longer it will take to harden.
- Mix equal amounts of milk powder and water.
- Add juice from berries for colour or other natural food colours
You could use these paints to complete these Colour By Code pages.
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