Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wacky Watercolors

Watercolors are expensive! So, when a toy package from one of Allison's toys resembled a tray, I decided I would save it and make our own watercolors from the recipe in our Kid Concoction book. Supposedly, this recipe makes hard little "cakes" of watercolors... I was skeptical! Especially when I saw the little lumps of stuff and it seemed very "liquidy." However, the paints did dry into cakes after 3 days! Even the lumps disappeared! And, in fact, the colors turned out quite pretty! So, now we have our own watercolors, and the girls really enjoyed making them! Here is the recipe: (I multiplied it by 4... I'll include those proportions for you, too).
  • 3 Tbs. baking soda, (3/4 cup)
  • 3 Tbs. cornstarch, (3/4 cup)
  • 3 Tbs. white vinegar, (3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. light corn syrup, (2 Tbs.)
  • Food coloring

Mix all ingredients except food coloring in a small bowl. Pour the mixture into individual plastic tubs or jar lids. (I thought an ice cube tray would work, too!) Add 6-8 drops of food coloring to eachtub or lid, and mix. You can use them as they are, or let them harden into cakes and use like watercolors!



Karen Hyde said...

Wow! Do you always have to dress so nice to make things in your kitchen? (hehe - love the wedding dress!) Looks like fun.

The Texas Butlers said...

Fun. I have to try this one. Eli loves watercolors.

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