Watercolor Paint Recipe
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
3 tablespoons baking soda
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Liquid food coloring, various colors
Bowl with a pouring spout
Containers for paint
Wooden craft sticks
- Combine white vinegar and light corn syrup in the bowl
- Add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until the mixture is combined and stops fizzing.
- Fill the container slots with 1/4-inch of mixture
- Add food coloring to each section, and stir with wooden craft sticks until mixed
- Allow the colored mixtures to dry uncovered, overnight or until completely dry
Tip: Add an extra 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup if needed, to make the consistency of the paint easier to handle.
Paint Container Ideas
- Candy or mint tin
- 7-day pill container
- Mini muffin tin
- Clear egg carton
- Small plastic ketchup cups
- Empty tea light tins
- Empty eye shadow containers
- Ice cube trays
- Old watercolor container
Tip: Reuse a heart-shaped Valentine candy box as a cute container for your watercolor paints. Save the molded plastic insert to pour paint colors in.
Tip: To paint with homemade watercolors, simply use water and a paintbrush like you would with store-bought versions.
Travel-sized Watercolor Kit
Take watercolor paints wherever you go with a travel-sized paint kit. Create dividers with aluminum foil in a small candy tin. After paints are dry, attach a small paintbrush and tiny watercolor pad to the tin with a rubber band. Embellish the tin with a label or decorative elements if desired.