How to make homemade paints.

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A few days ago I wrote about how to make sidewalk chalk. After a bit of testing I wanted something that was more vivid in color. Then my daughter smiled at me after drinking her Kool-aid and as I wiped off her little face I realized the answer was staring me in the face.
Ahh, Koolaid the high sugar power drink for kids! Now we can use it to power our message that we are mobilizing and taking back our government.

Below are three recipes that I tested. * Note I did substitute, Mixade, a less expensive version of Kool-Aid.

  1. Flour based paint
    • Directions: In a large pot add 3 cups of water and 3 tbsp of oil. Bring to a boil and add the following:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 packs unsweetened Mixade or Kool-Aid
    • 1/2 cup salt
      This recipe makes a very good consistency and makes really vivid colors!
  2. Cornstarch based Paint
    I then tried a variation on the corn starch that I used for chalk. This time I added more cornstarch and the Mixade instead of food coloring. 

    • Directions: Mix cornstarch and water in a saucepan and stir until mixture thickens.
    • Allow to cool, then add Mixade.
    • This one makes very vivid colors too.
  3. Corn Syrup based Paint
    • This one is simple and has but two ingredients
    • Directions:
    • Pour corn syrup into bowl.
    • Add your favorite color of Mixade
    • For this one you have to have time for it to dry but it paints very nicely almost like traditional paint.
    • Also be aware that this is sticky!

I suggest that you use a small roller with a square bucket for ease of use. Also, if you do use these let me know your results and send photo’s.

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Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

3 responses »

  1. I know its been a while since you posted this, but I have a few questions. With the flour based paint, is the consistency more like a puffy paint? I only ask because I have found that many of the flour based paints I have looked into are described as “puffy” paint. My second question is, could you substitute the kool-aid for food coloring? or would that effect the consistency?

    • Good questions. I did not experience any puffiness. I suggest you add it slowly and test as you go.
      I did try kool-aid and found that it works too. Both stain equally well 😉

      I have been playing with tempura paints and will add that recipe here by Monday. Please check back.

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