Day 94: DIY Watercolors

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Supplies: Baking soda, corn starch, white vinegar, corn starch, food coloring, small containers to hold the paint

Time: 10 minutes to make, several hours to dry/set

I always think it’s cool when people come up with ways to make your own version of things you wouldn’t think you could make!  Hence, today’s DIY watercolors.  It’s really easy too!

Start by combining 3 tablespoons each of baking soda, cornstarch, and vinegar in a bowl.  Make sure the bowl is big enough to contain the fizzing- you’ve got a baking soda and vinegar volcano in a bowl!

The dry ingredients.

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of corn syrup and mix it in.

Pour the mixture into small containers.  I wanted something with a lid, so I got some of those stacking bead organizers.

Then add food coloring so each paint is the color you want it to be.  The dry stuff will start to settle a little, but just stir it up and mix in the color.  My colors worked out nicely except for the purple.  I mixed blue and red food coloring and somehow it made grey…  Oh well!

After hanging out for a few hours the paints will be ready!  Mine still need to set up a little longer, but I’ll do a little painting tomorrow and show you the result.  Tune in tomorrow!

~Alie

 

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