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Homemade Watercolor Paints

My daughter is very artistic. I try my best to support her interest in being creative because I had that taken away from me when I was younger. She loves to draw, write, and basically do anything with her hands. Yesterday, since it was Martin Luther King Day and she was home with me all day, we decided to make some home made paints.

I love the amount of concentration she puts into her masterpieces. I’m running out of room because these days I’m just about in love with every piece of work she creates.

My mom sent me this recipe ages ago. Here it is for you in case you’d like to share it with your little ones. It was my first time making home made paints. It was easy and fun though, so we’ll most likely do it gain for future arts & crafts days.

Martha Stewart’s Homemade Watercolor Paints

What You Need:

  • 4 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • mixing spoon and bowl
  • 1/2 dozen egg carton
  • food coloring
  • popsicle sticks or skewers

What To Do:

1. Mix together baking soda and vinegar. You will see it fizzing.
2. After the fizzing stops, add corn syrup and cornstarch. Mix well.
3. Pour this into your egg carton, but only fill the cups 1/3 to 1/2 of the way.
4. Add between 5 and 10 drops of food coloring to get the color you are looking for. Here are some tips for making certain colors of watercolor paints (this should remind you of elementary school a bit!)

Red / Pink – 10 drop red
Orange – 1 drop red, 6 drops yellow
Yellow – 5 drops yellow
Leaf Green – 3 drops green, 7 drops yellow
Sea Blue – 5 drops blue
Violet – 4 drops red, 2 drops blue

5. Let the paints sit overnight so that they can set and become firm.
6. Paint away with a wet paintbrush and your new homemade watercolor paints!



  1. LOVE this! The recipe sounds easy enough and I love that the colors are bright!

  2. I had no idea watercolor paints can be made at home! No more flimsy plastic kits for us 🙂

  3. Wow, who knew how easy it was to make your own watercolor paints? I need to try this out. Thanks so much!

  4. I’m going to try this with my little guys they love painting 🙂

  5. Fun! I am bookmarking and pinning this for reference

  6. Amazing recipe . I always want some healthy paints that don’t damage fragile skin of children . My sister loves to paint . THANKSSSS 😉
    Noor @ Noor’s Place

  7. I had no idea you could make your own watercolor paints. I’m not very crafty, lol! Seems pretty easy though! Thank you!

  8. This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  9. What a great idea! I bet it’s much more cost effective then buying paint in the store.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’ll definitely forward this post to my sister-in-law, so that she’ll have a fun new activity for my niece! So I glad I found you through Thee Networking Blog Hop- following you now 🙂

  11. Love this. I made some for my daughter when she was younger. My recipe was a little different but I like this one more. I might make my son some.

  12. I can’t wait to paint with my little bug. I’ll be “pinning” this recipe to remember for later 🙂

    Already a follower of your blog, but giving you a little “stalk” from my facebook page (Peacoats & Plaid)

  13. Followed you through Girl Booklet 🙂

    Lovely idea!


  14. Wow! What fun!! I never though of “homemade watercolors” ~ So cool!

  15. We have made some finger paints, but this is a different recipe. I will try it, as my son loves to do anything dealing with art!

  16. What a great idea. I never thought about making my own watercolors. Love it!

  17. Great recipe! Didn’t know I could make my own.

  18. This is a great one to keep on file if we ever run out of paint or just a fun make something craft.

  19. That is so creative! I remember being so afraid of water colors back when I was a kid. Dunno why

  20. I’m so trying this. We have a long weekend due to snow days and this will be a great way to help the kids unwind.

  21. I love this idea, and wish it were around when I had younger ones. What a great artist she seems to be–so focused!

  22. I love being creative with my boy and these look great! Thanks for a new craft for us!

  23. Oh, I’ve never thought of making my own watercolour paint – great idea. So nice to see your daughter being artistic already

  24. What a great idea! My daughter will LOVE this! All she ever wants to do is paint!

  25. How great! I can’t wait to try this with my daughter~

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