There are several ways to paint with food coloring. Face, body and finger paints can all be made using food coloring. Use cold cream, cornstarch, water and food coloring to make face and body paint. Combine cornstarch, water and liquid food coloring to make finger paint. Mix condensed milk with food coloring to make a bright glossy paint that can be applied to paper or used to paint cookies. Paint outdoors on large sheets of paper with spray bottles, or if you live in a cold climate, paint snow using the spray bottles. The possibilities for painting with food coloring are endless.
Things You'll Need
- Food coloring in your choice of colors
- Cold cream
- Condensed milk (sweetened is fine)
- Paint brushes (new if you are painting cookies)
- Cotton tip swabs
- Drinking straws
- Small bowls or containers to hold each color
- Spray bottles if desired
- Paper towels
- Newspaper or old tablecloth
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Painting With Food Coloring
Spread newspaper or old tablecloth on table.
Decide what kind of paint you'd like to make. For painting cookies or paper, mix ¼ cup of condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring of the desired color. For face or body paint, mix 1 tablespoon of cold cream, 1 tablespoon of water, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and a few drops of food coloring. For finger painting, mix ½ cup cornstarch with 2 cups of water and a few drops of food coloring.
Boil your mixture until thickened, and allow it to cool.
Place each color in a small bowl or container with a lid for storing leftover paint.
Place a bowl of water on the table with some paper towels for cleaning brushes or fingers.
Place paintbrushes, straws and cotton tip swabs on the table in an old cup or can for easy access.
Spread paper out for painting; use large poster-size pieces for finger painting.
If painting outdoors, mix water and food coloring well in spray bottle and shake hard. Use a different spray bottle for each color.