Homemade Watercolors

Make Your Own Watercolor Paints

Save money by making this substitute for those expensive paint sets you buy
in stores.


  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 tablespoon glycerin
  • plastic bottle caps or paint pans, or Styrofoam egg carton
  • red, yellow and blue food coloring


  1. Mix vinegar and baking soda together in a small bowl. 

  2. When mixture stops foaming, add cornstarch and glycerin, mixing well. 

  3. Pour mixture into bottle caps or paint pans.
    Add several drops of a different food coloring to each pan or cap or
    carton cup. 
  4. Stir until the color is well-mixed. Be sure to add plenty of
    coloring, since the tint will lighten upon drying. Mix primary colors to make
    secondary colors. For intense colors, try kool-aid or food coloring paste
    (Wilton makes great food coloring pastes). 

  5. Let set overnight to harden.

These paints tend to be more powdery than the store sets.

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