Thursday, February 24, 2011


Since we did the finger painting earlier this week my 3 year old has wanted to do some brush painting.  So, being the nice mommy I am I let them to it today.  :)

Right now they are sitting at the kitchen table with the plastic Christmas table cloth covering the table using tempra paint to make some new creations.

While they did this I took the "spare time" to make some watercolor paints.  It was SO easy!  I think the hardest part is waiting for the watercolors to harden!

Here is the recipe I used:

Watercolor Paints:

3T baking soda
3T cornstarch
3T white vinegar
1 1/2 T light corn syrup (or you can boil 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup of water until it is clear...that's what I did)
-food coloring

Combine all the ingredients (minus the coloring) and mix completely.  You may need to wait for the fizzing to subside before completely mixing.  Pour them into containers (I used glass stage 1 baby food jars) and add the desired amount of color.  Remember a little color goes a long way (note: my pink looks more red because I  You can get little paint trays at Michael's for about $2 or you could use a plastic egg carton as well.    Leave out to harden for 3 hours.  NOTE:  Make sure you add the coloring pretty quickly. the mixture actually starts to harden almost right away.

Finished product:
The color seperated just a bit (I think it was because I added too much color) so I just dabbed the excess off with a paper towel.  The consistency is very nice!  Hard but not too hard.  I think my kids will enjoy painting with it.  I sure did!  :)

While I was waiting for this to dry I was going to try the milk paint recipe I found.  I mixed it up, smelled it and threw it out!  It was terrible...but maybe that is just because I am pregnant.  I thought of it drying and walking by a painting that my kids did and thinking what a terrible smell.  So we just stuck with the tempra paint  :)

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe too!

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