How to Make Water Color Paint


You can take the fun of watercoloring a step further by making your own water color paint. This craft will also save money and give you the satisfaction of a task accomplished. Make them with the kids for a special craft project--your kids will love using the paints they helped make. Follow the steps below to make your own water color paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Small containers or bowls
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Glycerin
  • Corn starch
  • Food color
  • Bottle caps or very small containers
  • Combine baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl or container.

  • Wait until the baking soda and the vinegar have stopped foaming and bubbling. Add glycerin and cornstarch and mix until thoroughly combined.

  • Add food coloring to the mixture to get the desired color of water color paint. Mix well.

  • Scoop the mixture into a bottle cap or very small container and let dry overnight before use.

  • Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for each different color of water color paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use Kool-Aid for very intense colors of water color paint. It will also smell good!
  • To make secondary colors of green, purple and orange, mix primary colors, red, yellow and blue in various combinations.
  • Don't panic when these handmade water color paints crumble more than the store bought variety. The color will be the same, if not better.

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