What you need to make your watercolors...
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 tablespoon glycerin
- containers for your watercolors (styrofoam egg cartons and plastic bottle caps are ideal)
- food coloring of your choice
- a mixing bowl and mixing spoon
BTW - for those of you who do not have a tablespoon handy - 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml.
Gather together all of your ingredients and prepare your work surface.
In a small bowl, combine the vinegar with the baking soda.
Once the mixture stops foaming, stir in the cornstarch and glycerin, mixing well until thoroughly combined.
Pour the mixture into your paint containers, adding a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir thoroughly.
Let set overnight to harden, and they're ready to use.
Use more coloring than you think you'll need...
...this is because the color tends to lighten up as it dries.
Mix colors together to form new colors! For example:
Blue + red = purple
Red + yellow = orange
Blue + yellow = green
Red + green = brown
Let the kids have fun creating their own spectrum of colors! For more vibrant colors, try using
food coloring paste or even kool-aid!
Please note that these paints will be a little more powdery than the commercially made variety.