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Thursday, January 13, 2011

10 Homemade Paint Recipes

Making homemade paints can be fun and easy and doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are my top 10 favorite FRUGAL paint recipes!

  • Puffy Paint: I have two recipes for this one. 
Recipe One: 
food coloring

Mix equal amounts of flour, salt, and water in a bowl. Add a small amount of food color to the mixture and pour into small plastic squeeze bottles. Squeeze onto heavy cardboard or paper to make designs. Mixture will harden into puffy shapes.

Recipe Two: Submitted by Cindy Tait
shaving cream
food coloring

Mix equal amounts of shaving cream and glue. Add a small amount of food color and continue as above.

  • Cornstarch Paint
Submitted by Tamara Hatton
1 tbs. cold water
2 tbs. cornstarch
1 cup boiling water
food coloring

Combine cold water and cornstarch. Stir until smooth. Add boiling water and stir again until smooth. Add food coloring until paint is desired color. Let cool. Store in a covered container. If it dries, add water to thin it.

  • Shiny Paint
white glue
food coloring
dish detergent

Pour glue into small cups. Mix your choice of food coloring into each. Use to paint on wood, paper, or  cardboard as you would with any other paint. Paint will dry shiny as if glazed. 

paint pine cones, driftwood, rocks, or glass!
Try painting with sponge brushes for a smooth finish. To help paint adhere to shiny, smooth surfaces, add a few drops of dish detergent. 

  • Watercolors
1 tbs. white vinegar
1 1/2 tbs. baking soda
1 tbs cornstarch
1/2 tsp glycerin
food coloring

Mix vinegar and baking soda in small bowl and allow foaming. After foaming stops, add cornstarch and glycerin. Stir well (up to a couple of minutes). Portion the mixture into a paint palette, muffin tin, or similar container and add food coloring. Make the colors dark--as drying will lighten them. Allow watercolors to dry in a warm place for several hours or overnight. Makes one set of watercolors.

  • Scratch and Sniff Paint
several packs (assorted flavors) of Kool Aid brand instant drink mix

Open each package and empty into a bowl. Add in enough water to dilute (the more water you add, the lighter the color will be) and paint as usual. Allow the paint to dry and scratch to smell.

  • Face Paint
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp water
1/2 tsp cold cream
2 drops food coloring

Mix ingredients well. Then use different food coloring to make different colors.

  • Salt Paint
1/8 cup liquid starch
1/8 cup water
food coloring

Mix together and apply to paper with a brush. Keep stirring mixture. Paint will crystallize as it dries.

  • Water Paint

This is a fun one to use outside on a hot day. All you need are an assortment of brushes and cement. Paint with the water on the ground and, depending on how hot it is outside, have fun watching it dry! 

Freeze water into ice cubes and use on dark colored paper. 
Tint the water using food coloring and dip bits of string in each color to paint.

  • Powdered Milk Paint
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup water
food coloring

Mix ingredients together and apply to paper with a brush. Store in a tightly sealed container.

  • Marker Paint
Submitted by Jill Bridges
heavy paper
assorted markers
cotton swabs

Rub a dime sized circle of color from the marker on a sheet of heavy paper. Cover with a circle of glue and rub with a cotton swab to pick up the color from the marker. Paint as usual, using the cotton swab. 
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