Who doesn’t like to paint? It’s always fun to seat together on a rainy day or even on the backyard on a sunny day and paint together. What’s even more fun is to make your own watercolors and use them to paint whatever you like. It’s a great idea because you can make any colors you like by adding different amount of food coloring and mixing them together. You can store freshly homemade watercolors in airtight containers and re-use them whenever you like. Here’s a simple recipe we used to make our own watercolors.
Light corn syrup
Half-dozen egg carton
Assorted food coloring 4-pack
Popsicle sticks or skewers
1. In a mixing bowl, mix 4 tablespoons baking soda with 2 tablespoons vinegar until fizzing stops. Add 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Mix until a uniform consistency.
2. Pour the mixture into individual egg carton cups, filling each about a third to halfway.
3. Add five to 10 drops of food coloring to each cup, mixing in thoroughly, to reach desired colors. (Mix in different colors together to make new colors.)
4. Allow paints to set overnight. Use paints on watercolor paper with a wet paintbrush.
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