DIY Watercolor Paint

16 Mar

A few weeks ago we took a quick trip to the ocean {although too cold to actually walk on the beach, we did admire the water from afar}.  Since then, Silas has been very interested in watercolor painting.  What is it he is painting, you ask? The Ocean

I told him to picture the beach in his mind, and then paint it. And that is what he has been doing. Over and over.  So much so that we ran out of blue watercolor paint.  Only the blue.  All the other colors are intact, but poor blue is empty.

What is a young artist to do without his blue paint?


My Kids Make Watercolor Paint, and yours can too! Find out how easy it is, then make up a batch of your favorite colors:

I saw this fun post from Pocketful of  Posies about making your own watercolors, and knew it was perfect for us. We needed blue, and lots of it.

Mix: 3 Tablespoons Baking Soda, 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch, 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar & 1 1/2  teaspoons Light Corn Syrup in a liquid measuring cup {this makes it easier to pour later}

Pour the mixture into the cups of a clean egg carton (or try a mini muffin pan). Add food coloring to each cup as desired.



Stir, stir, stir.

Silas really only wanted BLUE, so we experimented with making different shades of blue by adding drops of green, red and yellow to the blue.


Let the paints dry for at least 2 days {that is the hard part}.

Once dry, let your little artist paint, paint, paint… without worry of running out of the beloved blue ever again!




I linked up with:

Craft Schooling Sunday



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12 Responses to “DIY Watercolor Paint”

  1. Laura Roth 16. Mar, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    That is so awesome! We’ll have to try that!

  2. Nana 16. Mar, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    So resourceful and great idea.
    You can have as much of one color (blue) as you want.
    And… you don’t have to rely on paint boxes (with who knows what kind of crummy ingredients) from big box stores.

  3. Betsy & Curtis 17. Mar, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Silas’ pictures are beautiful!

  4. Rachel 18. Mar, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    How cool!!! I can’t wait to try this with my kiddos!

    I’d love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I’m sure you’ll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

  5. nonna 20. Mar, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Watercolors are my favorite, Silas. Great job. I love the ocean too! xo

  6. Rachel 23. Mar, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Friday! I’ll be posting the next link party tomorrow night. I hope to have you stop by and share again this week!

    :) rachel at

  7. Deborah 23. Mar, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    This is terrific! I need to hang on to this recipe.

  8. Susan 28. Mar, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    I never knew you could make your own paint like that! I might have a go next weekend, my kids are forever running out of paint, they love painting.

  9. Patti Bartley 20. Jan, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Love the recipes! Making it for my classroom so can teach them watercolor techniques!


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