make your own watercolors

July 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

DIY Watercolors

I had the kiddos make their own watercolors in painting class, which they thought was fun & interesting. This is a great activity for toddlers & preschoolers also.

Here’s the recipe I used:

Materials:
3 Tbs. baking soda
3 Tbs. corn starch
3 Tbs. white vinegar
1-1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
food coloring

Steps:
1. Mix vinegar, baking soda, corn starch and corn syrup together in a small bowl.

2. Divide the mixture into little bottle caps or lids.

3. Add six to eight drops of food coloring to each bowl & mix (neon food coloring is fun too).

Side note: For younger kids you can use this opportunity to learn about color mixing. Instead of initially dividing mixture into lids, divide into 3 small bowls and make a batch of primary colors (r, b, y). Let the kids mix secondary colors (o, g, p) and when you’re all finished playing with color, pour into small bottle caps or lids.

5. Use watercolors as they are or let them dry into hard cakes of paint. If you use them while they’re dry, be sure to wet the paintbrush before painting.

Tips:
Use paste food coloring if you want especially vivid colors and lots of color choices. Some oil based food coloring will not stir in well, but it will blend perfectly by the time it’s dry.

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