Creating -and actually using- Watercolor Paints (Part One)

Creating –and actually using– Watercolor Paints

(Part One)

This is a two part post.  In this first part, I will show and tell you how we decided to make our own watercolor paints.

The second part will be how to create a portable watercolor pan set to carry with you or to give as a gift.

Recently, I saw a video on Facebook that touted how easy it was to create your own watercolor paints.  As an artist, I spend way too much money on supplies.  Water color pans can be outrageously over-priced.  The idea of being able to actually make my own thrilled me.  This happened to coincide with Kira’s sudden interest in using watercolor paints, as well.  I began my search on the internet to find the easiest recipes I could find for safe, non toxic, and simple watercolor home-made paints.  Bare in mind, our results are far from professional grade paints, but for the purposes of what we wanted to do, they were perfect!

With a few simple ingredients, you can make watercolor paints while also making a fun science experiment!  Kira LOVES all things science, so we had a blast with this. Please note, there are actually hundreds of recipes out there for this.  It is really up to you which to  choose.  We went with the following ingredients because they were easy to obtain and Kira has been wanting to do an experiment where a liquid acts like a solid for a while now.

We used 4 tablespoons of baking soda

Kira measuring the baking soda

 

2 Tablespoons of white vinegar

Kira measuring vinegar

Half a teaspoon of light corn syrup

Kira measuring corn syrup

2 Tablespoons of corn starch

Kira measuring corn starch

Before the next step of adding the food coloring, we decided to play! We enjoyed touching and playing with the liquid that acts like a solid!!!

And finally, food coloring.  We used several drops to form the colors.  You can add as little or as much as you need for the desired color.  Bare in mind, the paints will dry significantly lighter than they first look after mixing them!

Kira adding color

We used basic toothpicks to blend the color.

Kira proudly displays the finished product!

Dry time will vary depending on your home’s temperature, the amount of food coloring, and the container you use to store your paint.  We used a mini ice cube tray that came with the mini fridge that  I use to store my insulin in. This was the perfect size for the measurements I have listed above.  If you are using a larger container, I suggest doubling the size of each ingredient.  Ours took about 32 hours to fully dry.  Once dried, they look powdery.

Ready to paint!

We grabbed our watercolor paper and were ready to begin!

Kira showing her work
My finished piece

We had a blast making and painting with these water color paints.  The texture is a bit gritty and hardly professional, as I stated previously.  However, as a fun and educational art lesson, these were perfect.  We are now prepared to make professional grade watercolor paints once we have used these up entirely.

Please see part two of this post (coming soon, link will be here) to see how to create a portable watercolor pan container to tote your paints or to give as a gift.

 

 

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Welcoming May

Is it only me, or is anyone else also finding it hard to believe that this year is nearly half way over? I think time has somehow sped up. I hear it goes faster the older you get, and with this pace, it has me envisioning that soon a year will feel like a day used to. I swear it was just February.

With summer rapidly encroaching, the temperatures are drastically increasing.  Gone are the days of doors and windows open and enjoying the beautiful breezes.  Only to be replaced with hiding indoors with the house sealed up like a drum and the ac running full blast!  Oh, how I miss my pool; which reminds me, hurricane season will be here shortly as well.  Remind me again why people love Florida?

I have ten million (yes, I am absolutely exaggerating) projects running at once here.  From gun powder art to virtual sculpting.  It seems my art projects are as disorganized as my thoughts lately.  I have so very many things I want to complete yet seldom seem to find the adequate time to do so!

Here are a few of the artistic projects I am amidst presently.  Eventually I will complete something, maybe!

This is *Prismatic Lepidote* The Wayward Discus Fish, a part of my Wayward Critter Series. This series combines artistic creations in multiple mediums from digital to hand-painted characters of a surreal nature.

This is a peek into the next book I am amidst illustrating for the incredibly talented Barbara Poor.  I am quite honored to be working with her once again; this will be our fourth title together!

I have begun hand painting cameo style pendants that will feature my original lowbrow characters.

Here are just two of the many virtual reality sculptures I am amidst creating. They will be included in my Wayward Critter Series once they have been completed.

This is another virtual reality venture.  This one has a steeper learning curve, as you can see.

Here are two of the paintings I am currently working on.

As you can see, I have quite a bit going on at once, and this is not everything.  There is much, much more. Stay tuned to for a post on making water color paints and painting with them!

In the interim, I am off for now to try and actually finish something, if anything, that I have started!

May The Fourth Be With You

Growing up as the original Star Wars generation is simply wonderful. Not only did I get the best movie and toys ever growing up, but I now also get to experience it all over again with my own child!

When Kira expressed her love for Star Wars, I squealed with excitement.  The geekiness had indeed been passed down to my young Jedi offspring!

There has to be something said about the way it feels to watch the return of Star Wars to the big screen, (Yes, I know there have been many prequels, sequels and everything you can possibly imagine in between) and having your child watch it with you.  What made the experience of watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens all the more special was the fact we watched it at the drive-in! This added to my sentimental nostalgia.

Kira as Princess Leia. Halloween 2015
Kira as Princess Leia. Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Before the movie even had been seen, Kira decided she wanted to be Princess Leia.  Thankfully, she already had the hair for the costume! Being an exceptionally tall child made finding a costume difficult, however. The solution came in an oversized sweatshirt/hoodie! I was amazed that this little costume, which was thrown together, virtually last minute, was a hit. Kira loved it.

Chew and Kira

Flash forward to Kira’s 13th Birthday.  Guess who she wanted to spend it with? That’s right, Star Wars.  A week in the Magic Kingdom it was.

From Storm Troopers to R2D2 and C3PO, we were in heaven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I this year even had lesson plans to celebrate Star Wars Day! I know, silly but fun!! You really should visit this website; http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Kira colored BB8

BB8 is perhaps my new favorite character. I was extremely lucky this Christmas and received a rc BB8.  He is the sweetest little thing ever, and drives our cats nuts!

In honor of Star Wars day, I also decided to push my neuropathy ridden, arthritic hands, and fibromyalgia ridden body, failing eye sight, and glaucoma eyes to their limits and paint a teeny tiny 2×2 acrylic Yoda!

Paint Yoda I Must
Progress shots

So, as you can see….this is somewhat of a family holiday. We embrace the force.  We also wish you all a very happy Star Wars day! May the force be with you all!!!

Works In Progress….

Last post of the day, promise….

Coffin

 

I am behind on everything so I am late in getting these little coffins complete. I actually planned on making these last year and ran out of time. Within as much, last night as I was cooking dinner and doing laundry I decided to attempt multitasking….I only made it this far. I am hoping to finish painting the top and sides later this evening. I have not decided if I will use felt to line the inside or not.  I will be wood burning a few coffins as well, time permitting.

I also have a huge sugar skull that needs finishing. Again, I started this one last year.

Skull

Unless I manage to squeeze 12 more hours into a day I doubt I will ever finish some of my projects!

Futile Attempt

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Futile attempt to wood burn a dragon. I think he looks more like an odd rendition of Godzilla personally. Nonetheless, I actually enjoyed doing this piece.  Eventually I may finish it.  I have to paint the trim and then add a glass coating for him to be finished.  I absolutely love the smell of wood being sanded and wood being burned. This relaxed me greatly…perhaps too much so as the dragon looks..well…odd LOL!

 

Colorful Fingers

File Mar 25, 10 26 55 AMThere simply is nothing quite like the feel of acrylic paints all over your fingers….As of late I was immersed in digital art and all but forgot how much I absolutely love organic mediums. In starting this piece I kept finding reasons to paint more…..So many that now I have decided both sides will be painted.  Although it certainly takes longer, I believe actual organic painting (as opposed to digital art) promotes creativity….well at least with me. I have to come up with creative ways to make my mistakes look incorporated! With neuropathy, arthritis and fibromyalgia I do not get as much opportunity to hold a paint brush as I would like…..the digital ‘undo’ eases erase time and repaint time that organic mediums require. I must admit though, even with the pain, I love painting. I have my next  project lined up when I finish this one……I think I may do a wood burned piece. It has been over a year since my last!