Creating –and actually using– Watercolor Paints
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
2 Tablespoons of white vinegar
Half a teaspoon of light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons of 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!
We used basic toothpicks to blend the color.
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.
We grabbed our watercolor paper and were ready to begin!
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.