DIY Watercolor Paint Made With Common Kitchen Supplies

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If you have the urge to paint, don't let the lack of paint stop you! You've probably got everything you need to make DIY watercolor paints in your kitchen already.

Learn how to make DIY watercolor paint with the simple recipe below.

Supplies you'll need:

  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of corn syrup
  • 2 tables of cornstarch or tapioca flour
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Half-dozen egg carton
  • Various food coloring 
  • Bamboo skewer

Step 1: Create a chemical reaction

Remember your middle school science project where you made a mock volcano erupt? That's what we're going to do in this first step — it'll be fun!

In your mixing bowl, combine the baking soda with the vinegar. Revel in the wonderfully fizzy reaction between the two. Once that's calmed down, add the corn starch and corn syrup. Whisk until smooth. 

Step 2: Divide to color

After your mixture looks uniform and shiny, pour it into an egg carton, filling each cup about halfway up. Don't overfill them or the pigments will run into one another in the next step.

A word to the wise: opt for plastic egg cartons. I used a thick recycled paper and regret it. It worked just OK, but plastic is definitely more suitable for this project. 

Step 3: Create your pigment

Here's where the fun really begins — time to add the color! Squeeze 5 to 10 drops of food coloring into each egg cup and mix thoroughly with a bamboo skewer. 

The best part? You can create any color you can dream up. Maybe there's a special hue that you'd love to use over and over again. Mixing it time and again can be a drag, not to mention inconsistent. By making them this way, you can use that pigment whenever you like.

Step 4: Take a break

Let the pigments dry for 24 hours. You'll end up with a watercolor cake.

Step 5: Try out your paints

Once your pigments are fully dry, break out your favorite watercolor paper and paintbrush. I was delighted by the intensity of the pigment. They reacted like you'd expect from watercolors, but had a richness you'd find in ink or dye. I enjoyed painting with them more than the store-bought set I already had. 

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