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How To Make Homemade Water Color Paints

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Published on Apr 22, 2012

Make your own water color paints that are pretty close to store bought. Create custom colors.

Materials and Methods

2 Tablespoons Baking soda
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar

Mix together until the bubbling and fizzing stops. Wonderful time teaching moment for chemical reactions.

Add in 1/4 teaspoon of white corn syrup and 1 Tablespoon cornstarch. Stir well.

Add in paste or gel food coloring. Stay away from liquid food coloring because it tends to pool on the top of your paints when they dry.

It takes 24 hours to dry completely. Can paint with them wet though.

Color Blending Chart:
Keep in mind the color guide is to be used as a guidline. It will take a little playing around to get the color to you liking.

Play around with mixing gels or paste coloring in a small bowl before adding them to your paint mixture.

Orange: 6 yellow and 2 red
Rose: 8 Red and 1 blue
Lime Green: 5 yellow and 1 green
Brown: 7 red, 2 yellow and 1 blue
Teal: 1 blue and 1 green
White: Do not add any coloring. Add to lighten any color.
Pink: Red and white
Flesh: Takes some playing with brown and pink

Enjoy! You can visit me online at: http://www.nuttinbutpreschool.com for more ideas to use in your classroom. If you find my videos helpful, please comment or subscribe.

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