DIY watercolor paint

This week we had a chance to make some watercolor paint palettes.

Water coloring is such a neat activity for toddlers and danny loved asking me to draw the hungry caterpillar for him to color in over and over again.

Seriously, we have three very hungry caterpillars hanging up on our walls!

It was fun to draw the outline with a sharpie and let him explore his new paints.

It took him a few tries to remember to dip the brush in the water first but he got the hang of it and created some very colorful caterpillars.

Here is the recipe we used

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • A few drops food coloring

start by addling the dry ingredients and stirring them together.

Then add the vinegar. This will cause a cool fizzing reaction just like those volcanoes we used to make in grade school.

Stir together. The cornstarch causes it to clump in a really interesting way but the clips should dissolve once you stop stirring

Lastly add the honey and stir again. You can also use corn syrup here. In our first attempt we tried going without it and the consistency of our paint was very chalky very similar to chalk paint.

Once you have your mixture pour it in to your palette. You can use small containers, egg trays, ice cube trays, or even muffin tins!

Fill the compartments about a third of the way and add a few drops of food coloring. I added about 5.

Stir until colors are mixed and put out to dry.

Be patient. The colors could take up to two days to dry completely.

Once dry they’re ready to go!

Dip your brush in water and test them out! Maybe draw a caterpillar or three.

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