I'm enclosing some recipes for different kinds of paints, plus a project
that is fun to do... all of this will be in "First Art", a new book about
art that toddlers and two's can do. I've done this with middle and
highschool kids too.
Sundry Homemade Paints
The ingredients for a treasure load of paint mixtures are right around
the corner in the kitchen, laundry room, and bath! Toddlers will be
intrigued, challenged and delighted by painting with mixtures made of soap,
flour, corn syrup or other myriads of marvelous ingredients. Try any of
these recipes any time, when something new and different sounds like fun.
Cold Cream Paint
In each cup of the six sectioned muffin tin, put 1 teaspoon (5ml)
cornstarch, 1/2 (2.5ml) teaspoon cold cream, and 1/2 (2.5ml) teaspoon water.
Stir in a different color food coloring with a paintbrush in each cup. Use
as any paint, and also as a gentle face paint.
6 sectioned muffin tin
6 teaspoons (30ml) cornstarch
3 teaspoons (15ml) water
3 teaspoons (15ml) cold cream
colored chalk (bright pastel chalk)
Break pieces of chalk and put them in an old ceramic bowl. Grind them
into powder with a round rock. Scoop up the powder and place in muffin tin
cups. Separate an egg, setting aside the white and putting the yolk in a
bowl with 2 teaspoons of water. Whip the egg and water with a fork until 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 Kinderjane@aol.com
Mix 1 cup (240ml) tempera paint and 1 cup (240ml) cornstarch to make a
thick paint that sticks well to paper.
Cornstarch Vinegar Paint Rob RRobin902@aol.com
Mix together (or shake in a baby food jar) for enough paint for one
2 teaspoons (10ml) cornstarch
2 teaspoons (10ml) white vinegar
20 drops food coloring (more or less is fine)
Corn Syrup & Food Coloring
Mix food coloring into corn syrup. Paint on white paper. Painting dries
to a shiny, but sticky, result.
Frozen Liquid Watercolors Zanni ECELoop
Freeze liquid watercolors in small paper cups with plastic spoons in the
ice for handles.
3 cups (720ml or .72l) flour
2 tablespoons (30ml) liquid soap
3/4 cup (180ml) water
food coloring drops, food coloring paste, or powdered tempera paint
Combine the first 3 ingredients until the mixture is a thick paste.
Mix in color until a desired shade.
Add fragrances and scents to paint. Some suggestions are: shampoo, lemon
or almond extract, peppermint extract, hand lotion, perfume or cologne,
fruit drink mix, chocolate powder, coffee. Adding spices adds textures and
fragrance cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, sage, or others.
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.
Add water to any Jell-O powder so it is like a watercolor paint. Use as
a fingerpaint or a paint for brushing on glossy paper, freezer paper, or
fingerpainting paper. This paint is great for ³scratch & sniff².
Milk & Food Coloring
Mix milk and food coloring together as a paint for toast, bread,
cupcakes, or other edible painting projects.
Mix sifted soil and water in a cup, stirring with the brush. Paint on
paper, fabric, or wood.
**Paper Stain Painting**
Painting without paint is a magical surprise for toddlers. All you need is
some crepe paper from a birthday party and a little water.
crepe paper streamer, any color
water in a dish
… Roll a streamer of crepe paper into a tight ³stick² or tube shape, and
then tape in the center to hold. The crepe paper stick should be about the
size of a fat crayon.
… Place a sheet of paper on the work table with a dish of plain water next
to it. Place the crepe paper stick next to the dish. If you have more than
one color of crepe paper, make as many stick rolls as you like.
1. Dip the crepe paper stick into the water and ³paint² with it on the plain
paper. The color dye from the crepe paper will stain the paper.
2. If the roll gets too soggy, snip off the end, and dip the new edge into
… Crepe color is very bright and can stain fingers too. Washes off over a
… Tear scraps of art tissue into smaller pieces. Paint them with water onto
a sheet of paper, and then peel them off. The art tissue will leave stained
designs on the paper. You can also leave the scraps on the paper to dry.
… Roll up a piece of art tissue and dip the end into water. Rub this on
paper. Or moisten the paper, and rub with a roll of art tissue.