Thursday, October 30, 2008

Water Colors

Like our tree? This is the begining of our fall board. We used to make a board for every season like a classroom buliitin board. (The school teacher in me coming out.) Right before I am ready to take it down, I take a picture of it so we can remember our handywork.
Here is something we haven't done before though. We made our own watercolors! They turned out pretty cool. Here is the recipe.
Water Color Paint
  • 3 tablespoons clear vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • food coloring
Mix vinegar and baking soda. I used a 2 cup liquid measuring cup. 
When the bubbles are settled, add the cornstarch and syrup.
Stir together, the consistancy is strange if you have nevr used cornstarch as a thinckening agent.
Put about one tablespoon into little containers. (The book I adapted this from says to use plastic bottle lids which I didn't use.) I used a small muffin tin. I think next time I will use empty applsauce containers.
Add food coloring to each container to make your desired colors.
Use immediatly or let them dry and use like normal watercolor paints. 
We dried ours overnight.
The kids had so much fun making the paint and seeing what cool colors we could make.


  1. I love your project!! I think it is great to change things around with the seasons-makes it more fun and festive.
    We will definitely try the paint recipe! I am going to write it down as soon as I finish my comment. :)
    I hope you are having a good week.

  2. That's so cute. AND I love the homemade paint. I'll have to remember that.

  3. That sounds so very cool. I never knew you could make your own watercolors. Until you said something! Very fun idea. I can't wait to see the board!

  4. This looks great! What a neat idea. Thanks for visiting my blog awhile back, I love getting visitors.


  5. Mommy Reg,
    I tagged you! Go see. Have fun.



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