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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Homemade art supplies using household ingredients

. While it is important to have store-bought, quality art supplies at times, having recipes for homemade versions using household ingredients is great because the supplies are inexpensive !
Fingerpaint - In a small saucepan, mix together 1/4 cup cornflour and 2 cups of water. Add food coloring to get to desired color. Boil until mixture thickens, then allow to cool. Pour into lidded containers to store.
Watercolor paint - Simply mix together 3 tablespoons corn starch, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup, 3 tablespoons baking soda, and 3 tablespoons white vinegar. Pour into separate containers with lids for use & storage. Mix in a few drops of food coloring into each container to make different colors.
Puffy paint - In a bowl, mix together equal parts of flour, salt, and water. Mix in tempera paint for color. Pour into squeeze bottle for use and storage. {Note: I haven’t made this yet, so I am assuming the tempera paint is supposed to be the powdered kind. Please comment if you know.}
Playdough – Combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and a cup of boiling water until you get a playdough consistency. Store in a ziplock bag when not in use. You can add a few drops of food coloring for color, or a packet of Kool-aid for color and scent!
Flubber - In one bowl, stir together 3/4 cup warm water, 1 cup of glue, and food coloring to get the color you want. In a second bowl, stir together 1/2 cup water and 2 teaspoons of Borax (find by the laundry soap in the store). Pour the first mix into the second bowl and you have flubber! Just reach in and pull out the chunk of flubber (pour out the extra liquid).
Bath crayons - Grate a bar of soap until you have about 1 cup. Mix with 1 cup of hot water until the gratings are melted and you have a stiff dough. Mix in a few drops of food coloring for color. Press the dough into molds (you can use candy or soap molds from a craft store) and allow to harden.
Lick & stick stickers – Pour 2 tablespoons of cold water into a bowl and sprinkle 1 packet of plain gelatin over it. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of boiling water until gelatin is dissolved. Add 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup and a few drops of flavored extract for taste. Apply a thin layer of this solution to the back of whatever you want to make into a “sticker”. Let it completely dry, and there you have it – your child can simply lick and stick when ready!
Bubble mix - Mix together 6 cups of water, 2 cups of liquid dishwashing soap, and 3/4 cup corn syrup or liquid gycerine. Allow to sit for a couple of hours before using to blow bubbles!
Sidewalk chalk - In a bowl, mix together 1/3 cup quick-setting plaster of paris, 1 tablespoon of powdered paint for color, and 3 tablespoons water. Quickly spoon mixture into soap or candy molds (from a craft store), or into cookie cutters set on wax paper. Tap to remove air bubbles. Allow to dry for 45 minutes, then carefully remove from mold or cookie cutters.
Chalkboard paint - Paint a chalkboard on your wall, a kids’ tabletop, anywhere you want to be able to write with chalk! Mix 2 tablespoons of tile grout for every 1 cup of paint. Apply at least 2 coats of paint to your surface, and when it dries smooth it with 150-grit sandpaper. Before using any chalkboard, its best to turn a piece of chalk sideways and color the entire surface once, then wipe off with a damp cloth. This “conditions” your new chalkboard.

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