Paint, Ink and Dye Formulas for Children's Projects

Most of the ingredients for these pastes and glues can be found in your kitchen. When making any project with children that involves cooking, cutting or using materials that can be potentially harmful always make sure that there is an adult or responsible person with the child.
Creating and learning can be fun! Take all the precautions necessary to ensure that the experience is both fun and safe for everyone!

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Clown Paint - Finger Paint - Easy Finger Paint - Sand Paint - Water Color Paint - Scratch and Sniff
- Face Paint - Flour Finger Paint- Pudding Finger Paint - Milk Paint - Glossy Poster Paint - Puffy Paint
- Topography Paint - Bath Paint - Pasta Dye - Easter Egg Dye - Rubber Stamp Ink - Invisible Ink

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Clown Paint
Baby Lotion 1/8 cup
Powdered Tempera Paint 1 tsp
Dishwashing Soap Squirt

Mix all ingredients together well. Easily removed.

Finger Paint
Water Cold 2 cups
Cornstarch 1/2 cup
Food Coloring
or Tempera Paint

Mix all ingredients together well.

Easy Finger Paint
Corn Syrup 1 tbsp
Food Coloring 9 drops

Mix all ingredients together well.

Sand Paint
Flour 1/2 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Sand 1/2 cup
Tempera Paint 2 tbsp

Mix all ingredients together well. Brush on or use fingers to paint.

Water Color Paints
Glycerin 1tsp
Cornstarch 1 tbsp
Vinegar 1 tbsp
Baking Soda 1 tbsp
Food Coloring

Stir vinegar and baking soda together in a bowl. Mixture will begin to foam. Once it stops, add cornstarch and glycerin. Mix thoroughly. Divide mixture into several containers (Styrofoam egg carton, laundry soap scoops work well for this). Add plenty of food coloring as the paint color will fade when dry. Optional: Add Kool- Aid in place of the food coloring for vivid colors. Allow paint to harden.

Scratch and Sniff Watercolor Paint
Kool Aide 1 tbsp
Warm Water 1 tbsp

Several containers to hold paint (baby food jars, muffin tins, Styrofoam egg cartons, wax-lined paper cups, and old film or yogurt containers)
Mix together water and drink mix. Use different drink mixes for different colors and scents (strawberry, grape, lemon, blueberry, etc.) Paint on paper as usual. Allow to dry overnight before scratching and sniffing.

Face Paint
Cold Cream 1 tsp
Warm Water 1/2 tsp
Cornstarch 1 tsp
Food Coloring 3 tbsp

Mix together cornstarch, cold cream, and water. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is achieved. Apply with a small paintbrush, q-tip or fingers.

Flour Finger Paint
Flour 3 cups
Water Warm 2 cups
Liquid Soap 2 tbsp
Food Coloring

Mix together first three ingredients. Add desired color.

Pudding Finger Paint
Pudding Mix Small
Milk 1 cup
Food Coloring

Mix pudding mix with 1 cup milk. Use different flavors of pudding for different colors of paint. (Vanilla may be tinted with food coloring.) "Paint" designs on wax paper, and then eat. Mmmm mmmm good!

Milk Paint
Sweetened Condensed Milk 1/4 cup
Milk 1 cup
Food Coloring

Add a few drops of food coloring to sweetened condensed milk until desired color is achieved. When this paint dries, it will be very shiny.
Note: This edible paint is perfect for decorating holiday cookies.

Glossy Poster Paint
Flour 1/4 cup
Water 1 cup
Food Coloring

Pour flour into saucepan. Slowly add 1cup water, stirring until mixture is smooth. Heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Allow to cool, then measure 1/4 cup of the mixture into each of 4 small jars.
To each jar, add:

Tempera Paint 2 tbsp
Water 2 tbsp
Liquid Soap

Seal jars when not using.

Puffy Paint
Flour 1/2 cup
Water Hot 1/2 cup
Salt 1/2 cup
Liquid Tempura Paint
Flour 1 cup
Oil of Cinnamon 1 tsp

Mix together equal amounts of flour, salt, and hot water. Mix until ingredients are dissolved. (Additional heating may be required._ Add liquid tempera paint until desired color is achieved. Store mixture in air-tight squeeze bottles.

Topography Paint
Tempera Powder Paint 1 cup
Wallpaper Paste 1/2 cup
Laundry Starch 1/2 cup

This thick paint is ideal for creating topographical maps. Mix tempera paint and paste, stirring until smooth. Add liquid starch until mixture is spreadable. Use plastic knives or Popsicle sticks to spread on heavy paper.

Bath Paint
Liquid Soap 1/2 cup
Food Coloring

Portion the soap into several containers & add food coloring to make paint shades. Let kids paint the tub & themselves as they bathe. These paints rinse easily off the children, the tub, the walls & you!

Pasta Dye
Rubbing Alcohol 1/2 cup
Food Coloring

Mix alcohol and food coloring in bowl. Add small amounts of any type of pasta to
liquid and gently stir. Dry on newspapers covered with wax paper, use only for craft projects.

Easter Egg Dye
Vinegar 1 tbsp
Food Coloring 1 tsp
Water Hot 1/2 cup

Measure liquids into a bowl. Separate into small bowls. Add food coloring to each mixture. Dye eggs by soaking them in the mixture.

Rubber Stamp Ink
Powdered Clothes Dye
Alcohol 1/2 tsp
Glycerine 10 tbsp

Mix dye with alcohol until it resembles thin cream. Add glycerine and stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour ink over used up stamp pad. To make a stamp pad, cut foam rubber to fit the bottom of a small plastic box, then pour the ink over the stamp pad. Keep the box tightly covered when not in use.

Invisible Ink

Making invisible ink is relatively easy. All you need is milk or lemon juice as "ink," paper and something to write with such as a small brush, an old but clean fountain pen, or even just a Q-Tip. Providing that the paper is white, and providing you use your "ink" sparingly, the message is pretty much invisible to the eye. Be sparing in your use, though. Too much "ink" will cause the paper to buckle up a bit and the writing will show. And be sure that your writing implement is very clean and doesn't leave traces of some old ink or paint. Now take the paper and carefully heat it up over a burner on the stove. Obviously, don't let the paper catch fire.... pretty soon the message will turn up as brown writing.

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