At the April skill share, Carolyn showed us this amazing art project: making your own water color paint set and puffy paint! This project is great for K-2nd grade students too! The recipes call for common household baking ingredients, but ask Corinna about getting materials to try this project with your class.
Water Color Paints Recipe
container for mixing
3 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp baking soda
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp light corn syrup
container(s) for pouring paint into
popsicle sticks, etc. for stirring
Combine the vinegar and baking soda. Enjoy the science experiment, then stir until the fizzing goes down. Add the cornstarch and corn syrup and stir. Pour a small amount into each compartment of your container.
Add different colors to each one and stir until the color is incorporated. This is a great time to teach kids about mixing colors!
Allow to dry completely. Depending on your container, this may take 24 hours to a few days. Putting it out in the sun helps!
Use your imagination for the containers to put your paints in! Empty egg cartons (Styrofoam or plastic, NOT cardboard) work great. So do ice cube trays, muffin pans, Altoid tins, medicine containers, empty bottle caps, jar lids…anything you can think of!
- Do this on a surface that can easily be cleaned or over a tarp, newspaper etc.
- It takes about 4-5 drops food coloring, depending on the amount of liquid you pour into the container.
- The liquid tends to separate pretty quickly, so it helps if you can keep stirring your paints while they dry, every few hours or so.
One of our teaching artists, Lindsay, had a great suggestion to put this activity into an art historical context for your students by discussing what artists did before they could buy paints at the store. This can help your students feel like they are real professional artists making their own paint!
Puffy Paint Recipe
2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
containers for paint
Mix the flour and the salt. Add the water slowly until the desired consistency is reached (you may not need all of it or it will be too watery).
Divide into containers and add food coloring. Stir to combine.
Make your own chalk!
Lindsay also shared how she made chalk with her students. Here’s her recipe:
Mix plaster of paris according to the box using room temperature water, making sure the proportion still keep it liquid enough to be pourable. Tint the mixture with tempera paint to get whatever colors you want!
Pour your chalk mixture into containers from which you can easily remove it, like ice cube molds, toilet paper rolls (with something covering one end), etc. You can coat it with petroleum jelly to make it easier to remove later as well.
Enjoy these homemade art supplies!