Friday, May 31, 2013

Simple Paint Recipe

Sometimes it's just nice to keep things simple. We like this recipe because it only uses three ingredients and because it's easy to clean up (although we learned the hard way, don't use the scrubby side of a sponge to clean it up, the flour sticks to it). All you need is a few heaping scoops of flour, some water and food colouring (or liquid watercolours).

Mix it up thoroughly. As you can see in this picture it is still too thick, so we added more water.

Perfect! Nice and smooth, it should have the same consistency as paint. 

Then we scooped a tablespoon into eight 2oz cups (we reuse them all the time for small paint batches and recycle them when they crack or are crushed).

And added a few drops of food colouring. We love our mini whisk, it's perfect for this kind of project. :) 

Beautiful colours! 

Let the painting commence. :) We had paper plates ready for the next craft, so I let them use some for this painting exercise.

We were exploring colours and mixing them to produce new colours.

I gave them different sized brushes to use. Bean always likes the bigger ones and Munchkin likes the small ones, although he likes to hold all of the ones not being used too.

After a while Bean decided to paint the table. :)

And Munchkin started dumping out the paint. :)

And stacking all of the paint cups (his favourite part is watching the paint explode over the sides as they squish together).

Bean was completely engrossed in painting the table.

And didn't realize that Munchkin was painting her arm. :)

Or her hair. :)

They were so excited they started clapping and realized that the paint makes awesome squishy sounds.

Bean mixed a few of the colours together while Munchkin watched. 

And then spread the new brown paint across the table.

We had a few coffee filters ready for a butterfly activity and Bean wanted one. We called it the invisible plate, because it vanished right into the table. :)

Just a note, this paint IS messy. And it does dry fairly quickly, especially on skin. Soap and water was needed to wash it off, though it was easier to wash off than some store-bought paints.

This is what it looks like when it has dried. The texture is really smooth. :)

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