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for newer members: art recipes (posted last year)


From: MAK ~ MaryAnn Kohl (mak_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Apr 25 2003 - 12:05:59 PDT

Here are some paint recipes you might enjoy - including that Paste Paint -
these are found in "First Art: Art for Toddlers and Two's"

Marvelous Homemade Paints--24 Recipes

Paste Paint
measuring cups
saucepan and mixing spoon
stove or hot plate (adult only)
food coloring or tempera paint

Mix together 1 cup (125 g) flour and 3 cups (720 ml) water in a saucepan.
Boil on a stove or hot plate until the mixture is thick. Mix in any
such as tempera paint or food coloring, for a paint that will keep its
texture when dry.

Cold Cream Paint
muffin tin with 6 sections
cold cream
measuring spoons
food coloring

In each cup of a six-sectioned muffin tin, put 1 teaspoon (3 g) cornstarch,
1/2 teaspoon (3 g) cold cream, and 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) water. Use a
paintbrush to stir in a different color food coloring into each cup. Use as
you would any paint. This also works as a gentle face paint.

Egg Paint
colored chalk (bright pastel chalk)
old ceramic bowl
round rock
muffin tin
1 egg
bowl and fork

Break pieces of chalk and put them into an old ceramic bowl. Grind them into
powder using a round rock. Spoon the powder into muffin tin cups. Separate
egg, setting aside the egg white and putting the yolk into a bowl with 2
teaspoons (10 ml) water. Whip the egg yolk and water with a fork until it is
a frothy yellow. Add drops of egg-water to the ground colored chalk. Stir
with a paintbrush until the mixture is a smooth, thin paint.

Cornstarch Paint
liquid tempera paint
measuring cup
spoon and bowl

Mix 1 cup (240 ml) liquid tempera paint and 1 cup (125 g) cornstarch in a
bowl to make a thick paint that sticks well to paper.

Cornstarch Vinegar Paint
white vinegar
food coloring
measuring cups and spoons
spoon and bowl or baby food jar with lid

Mix together 2 teaspoons (10 ml) white vinegar, 2 teaspoons (7 g)
and 20 drops of food coloring (more or less is fine) in a bowl (or shake in
baby food jar). This makes enough paint for one child.

Corn Syrup & Food Coloring
food coloring
corn syrup
cup and spoon

Pour corn syrup into a cup and mix in food coloring. Paint on white paper.
The painting dries to a shiny, but sticky, result.

Face Paint
cold cream
measuring spoons
bowl and spoon
food coloring

Mix together 1 teaspoon (3 g) cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) cold cream
until smooth. Then mix in 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) water and desired amount of
food coloring. Use a small paintbrush to apply the paint to the face, arms,
or hands.

Frozen Liquid Watercolors
Liquid Watercolors
small paper cups
plastic spoons

Pour Liquid Watercolors into small paper cups and put them into the freezer.
When they are partially frozen, put plastic spoons into each cup. After they
freeze, remove the paper cups. The spoons become handles.

Flour Paint
liquid soap
measuring spoons and cups
bowl or large jar
food coloring drops or paste, or powdered tempera paint

Combine 3 cups (375 g) flour, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) liquid soap, and 3/4 cup
(180 ml) water in a bowl or large jar until the mixture is a thick paste.
in food coloring until you have a desired shade.

Fragrant Paint
fragrances and spices (see suggestions below)

Add fragrances and scents to paint. Some suggestions are shampoo, lemon or
almond extract, peppermint extract, scented hand lotion, perfume or cologne,
fruit drink mix, chocolate powder, and coffee. Adding spices adds texture
fragrance. Suggestions include cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, sage, or

Textured Paint
textures (see suggestions below)
tempera paint

Add textures to tempera paints (or any of the paint mixtures in this book).
Some possibilities are coffee grounds, sand, salt, sawdust, pencil shavings,
oatmeal, or crumbled leaves.

Jell-O Paint
gelatin powder
bowl and spoon or jar with tight-fitting lid

Add water to any gelatin powder, such as Jell-O, so it has the consistency
watercolor paint. Use as a fingerpaint or a paint for brushing on glossy
paper, freezer paper, or finger-painting paper. This paint is great for
"scratch & sniff."

Milk & Food Coloring Paint
food coloring
bowl and spoon or jar with tight-fitting lid

Mix milk and food coloring together in a bowl or in a jar with a
tight-fitting lid. Use as a paint for toast, bread, cupcakes, or other
painting projects.

Mud Paint
sifted soil

Mix sifted soil and water in a cup, stirring with a brush. Use it to paint
paper, fabric, or wood.

Milk Paint
powdered milk
measuring cups and spoons
bowl and spoon
warm water
food coloring drops or food coloring paste

Mix together 1/2 cup (75 g) powdered milk and 2 teaspoons (7 g) cornstarch
a bowl. Gradually add in 1/2 cup (120 ml) warm water until the paint is
smooth. Then add in food coloring.

Paste Paint
measuring cups
saucepan and mixing spoon
stove or hot plate (adult only)
food coloring or tempera paint

Mix together 1 cup (125 g) flour and 3 cups (720 ml) water in a saucepan.
Boil on a stove or hot plate until the mixture is thick. Mix in any
such as tempera paint or food coloring, for a paint that will keep its
texture when dry.

Shampoo Paint
measuring spoon
bowl and spoon
electric mixer
food coloring, optional

Mix 3 teaspoons (30 g) shampoo with a little water in a bowl, and then whip
with an electric mixer until it is thick and creamy. If desired, add food

Shaving Cream & Glue Paint
shaving cream
white glue
measuring cup
bowl and mixing spoon
food coloring

Mix 1 cup (30 g) shaving cream with 1 cup (240 ml) white glue in a bowl. Add
in food coloring as desired. This makes a puffy paint that works well on
cardboard or paper.

Shiny Milk Paint
sweetened condensed milk
tempera paint
bowl and spoon or jar with tight-fitting lid

Mix together sweetened condensed milk with tempera paint in a bowl or in a
jar with a tight-fitting lid. When the paint dries, it will be shiny.

Slick Paint
tempera paint
white glue
bowl and spoon

Mix together an equal amount of tempera paint and white glue in a bowl. This
mixture works well on glass and other slick surfaces such as aluminum foil.

Snow Paint
measuring cups
bowl and spoon or jar with tight-fitting lid
tempera paint or food coloring, optional

Mix together 1 cup (125 g) flour, 1 cup (250 g) salt, and 1 cup (240 ml)
water in a bowl or jar. This makes a white paint that looks like snow when
used on dark paper. Add tempera paint or food coloring, if desired. This
paint dries hard.

Tea Paint
tea bag or instant coffee
measuring cup
bowl or cup

Soak a tea bag in 1/4 cup (60 ml) water, or add instant coffee to the water.
Make it dark or light, for color variation. Use this paint for painting on
plain paper or for shading.

Tempera & Starch Brush On
tempera paint
liquid starch
measuring cups
bowl and spoon

Mix together 2 cups (480 ml) tempera paint and 1 cup (240 ml) liquid starch
in a bowl until it is smooth and creamy. Add water slowly while mixing,
the paint is thick and spreadable. Use it for painting on any type of paper,
cardboard, or wood.

Vinegar Watercolor Paint
white vinegar
baking soda
measuring spoons
small bowl and spoon
plastic bottle caps from 2-liter bottles
liquid food coloring

Mix together 1 tablespoon (15 ml) white vinegar and 2 tablespoons (30 g)
baking soda in a small bowl; it will bubble. When it stops bubbling, add 1
tablespoon (10 g) cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) glycerin, mixing well.
Pour the mixture into bottle caps. Add several drops of food coloring to
bottle cap. Allow it to dry overnight to make a watercolor paint similar to
those found in watercolor paint boxes. (Double or triple this recipe to make
more colors or to fill more caps.)

Glass Wax
Rub Glass Wax on a glass window or door. Let it dry, and then make marks
fingers on the dry Glass Wax.

a little more from First Art .....

Painting Goes Wild!

Collect and create homemade paintbrushes using imaginative materials such as
feathers, bristles taped together, fern leaves, a sponge on a stick, or
cattails. Each adds surprise to a painting experiment.

newspaper or a plastic tablecloth
tempera paints
Styrofoam grocery trays
paper, in a variety of sizes and types
homemade brushes (see list)

Things to Use as Homemade Brushes
broom bristles (break a few bristles off an outdoor broom and tape together)
cattails with long stem
dish mops, dish scrubbers, or dish sponges
fern leaves
inflated balloons
long feathers
pine branches with needles attached
small sponges clipped in a clothespin or tied to the end of a chopstick
socks or mittens on one hand

Prepare (Adult)
* Protect the work area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth.
* Place several colors of tempera paints into Styrofoam grocery trays and
them on the table.
* Place a sheet of paper in front of each toddler.
* Put several types of homemade brushes on a tray for the children to choose

Process (Child)
* Dip a homemade paintbrush into paint, then brush the paint on the paper.
* Try other brushes as desired.
* Paint with homemade brushes at the easel, on top of paper on the floor, or
paper taped to the wall.

First Art Tips
* Place a loop of masking tape on the bottom of each paint tray to keep it
attached to the table. Sometimes the homemade brushes can stick to the paint
and lift the trays if they are not taped.
* Children can become very opinionated about what should or should not be
used for painting. Don't be surprised!
* Plastic liter bottles cut in half make great cups for paint. Save the tops
to use as funnels.

* Other easel variations--Painting at the easel is a basic and important art
experience for toddlers and twos. To stimulate creativity, change the paper
or paint at the easel. For example, encourage the children to paint on
grocery bags or a sheet of paper with a hole cut out of the middle. Or they
can try painting on a big sheet of newspaper or an old poster with the
graphics showing. Paint on clear Plexiglas. Try a new paint recipe or
different brushes. Use chalk or crayons, pencils, or pens. Paint with water
on cardboard sprayed with chalkboard paint, or paint with water on plain
cardboard or wood. Paint on little sheets of paper with small brushes or big
paper with oversized brushes. Paint on fabric squares. The sky is the limit,
and variety is the spice of every child's creative life!


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