Homemade Watercolors. Who knew this was even a thing? Turns out it is and its awesome fun. You’ve got all the stuff in your kitchen so get out your measuring cups and get ready!
You’ve got this mamas! Its all in your kitchen, no “real” art supplies needed!
This is when it gets fun, and messy. (What a combination, right?) First off, I love giving my kids the tools that make playing and making fun! These little OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set are about the cutest measuring tools I’ve ever seen. They will make any kid feel like a real baker, scientist, or in this case, artist! They’re not necessary, just too fun not to share! (And perfect for projects like this!)
Mix the above ingredients. Once you have poured a small amount into several ice cube tray compartments. Now let loose with the food coloring. I let my kids play with combining two and three colors of food coloring within each compartment. They predicted what the result would be based on their knowledge of primary and secondary colors. Some results were a predictable while others were less satisfying. (But, hey, that’s art, right?)
Once the watercolors are mixed up set them someplace safe where they wont get knocked over by the cat!
Could we have found paint at the art supply store that was a more consistent texture and brighter colors? Absolutely.
Honestly, that misses the point. We made these! Making things is not only great fun but I love the idea of teaching kids that art can be made of anything, anywhere! Art doesn’t come from a fancy store. Art comes from the recycle bin and the pantry and the woods.
Art can be anything!
These paints turned out surprisingly vibrant. Once wet they have an almost finger paint like quality. Because ours had been dropped and were already in pieces we crumbled, smeared, dripped, and smashed these paints. Oh, and we also used a paint brush. We just lived it up and enjoyed the process.