Looking for an easy homemade paint recipe that is perfect for finger painting? Painting for toddlers and children is a very relaxing process while also being a wonderful way to stimulate their senses. Learn how to make paint at home using a few ingredients.
This recipe is perfect as a homemade finger paint.
When I was a kid, I LOVED messy art. Finger paints were my favorite. It turns out, I passed on my love for messy art to my kids. They go through whole sets of finger paints in one sitting. I don’t want to keep buying expensive fingerpaint from the craft store every two days, so, I had to come up with another plan.I did a little research, and learned how to make fingerpaint.
Today, I’m sharing my homemade paint recipe with you!
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- Corn starch
- Cream of tartar
- Food coloring
- Silicone muffin cups
- Card stock paper
When I first started messing with this finger painting recipe, I did not think it would work. We use cornstarch in a lot of our homemade recipes, and I didn’t see how it could turn into a good paint, but with a bit of help from the cream of tartar, it came out so great!
In a bowl, mix 1 part corn starch and 1 part water.
On the stove, heat 4 parts water until simmering, but no need to boil it.
Pour the warm water into the corn starch water and stir.
Very quickly, it will form into a pudding-like texture. At this point, add in a teaspoon of cream of tartar. This gives the cornstarch a shiny, flexible texture and makes it more like paint.
Once the goo cools, pour it into silicone baking cups and color them your desired colors. Use more food coloring for more vibrant colors.
When the homemade paint is completely cool, let your kids dip their fingers into it and go to town.
We used cardstock paper because it is a little slicker than computer or art paper and it holds up to the thickness of the finger paint.
Once the paintings are done, let them dry for a few hours before displaying them or letting kids take them.
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