This DIY paint recipe is just as much fun to make as it is to paint with. You only need three simple kitchen ingredients for endless possibilities.
Turn over the reins mama….
This paint recipe doesn’t need to be any messier than store bought paint. You can totally mix it up, add colors, and dole it out toy our kiddos. That method is one hundred percent okay. But…. what if they got to make it?
I’m talking start to finish. This recipe is super easy and doesn’t have to be perfect. The wiggle room is there. If you can’t stomach the idea of doing this on the kitchen counter this is the perfect time of year to head outside and get busy.
Start by mixing one cup of flour with 3/4 cups of water. Stir this up good before adding a 1/4 cup liquid dish soap to prevent a super bubbly mixture. I like to start this process in a nice big mixing bowl and divide it into smaller portions when ready for color.
Note that if you’d like this paint to be edible (just in case) you can omit the soap. The dish soap helps the color to adhere to the paper but can totally be eliminated if being used by a younger artist.
Once your paint base is mixed smooth divide it up into as many small containers as you want colors. An old egg carton or a muffin tin gives lots of color mixing spots. Adding the colors is the the fun part and your kids can totally do this. Use a drop or two of liquid food coloring in each bit of paint base. Encourage your kids to add more than one color and predict what color they will get when mixed.
These colors tend to look super intense but do lighten up on the paper.
Get ready to paint…
This paint recipe will work on any paper. Heavier paper will allow your kids to manipulate the paint with no worry of tearing. Use a brush or use your hands like finger paint. This paint has a bit of a gritty texture that my kids really enjoyed. The first layer goes on nearly transparent. Keep adding and building layers and the paint will begin to stick to each other and just get brighter and brighter.
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