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Homemade Paint Recipes

Flour-Based Poster Paint


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Small jars or plastic containers
  • 3 tablespoons powdered tempera paint per container
  • 2 tablespoons water per container
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid starch or liquid detergent per container (optional)


  1. Measure flour into saucepan.
  2. Slowly add 1 cup water while stirring to make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat, stirring constantly, until paste begins to thicken.
  4. Cool.
  5. Measure 1/4 cup paste into each small container.
  6. Add 3 tablespoons powdered tempera paint and 2 tablespoons water to each container.
  7. For a matte finish, add liquid starch. For a glossy finish, add liquid detergent.
  8. Store covered.

Cornstarch Paint


  • Medium saucepan
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • Small jars or plastic containers
  • Tempera paint, dry or liquid


  1. Measure cornstarch into saucepan.
  2. Add cold water to cornstarch and stir to make a smooth paste.
  3. Stir in boiling water.
  4. Place saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until boiling.
  5. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cool.
  6. Spoon about 1/2 cup of thickened cornstarch mixture into each container, using a different cup for each color.
  7. For each color, stir 1 teaspoon dry tempera or 1 tablespoon liquid tempera into cornstarch mixture. (Use more paint for more intense color.)
  8. If paint is too thick, stir in 1 teaspoon water at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  9. Store in refrigerator. This recipe makes about 4 cups of paint.

Detergent Poster Paint


  • Small jars or plastic containers
  • 1 tablespoon clear liquid detergent per container
  • 2 teaspoons powdered tempera paint per container


  1. In each small container, mix together 1 tablespoon liquid detergent and 2 teaspoons powdered tempera paint.
  2. This recipe makes enough for one painting session.

Condensed-Milk Paint


  • Bowl
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • Food coloring


  1. In bowl, mix 1 cup condensed milk with many drops of food coloring to make a very bright, glossy paint.
  2. This paint is not intended to be eaten, but it won't harm a child who decides to make a snack of it.
  3. Store covered in refrigerator.

Homemade Face Paint


  • Small jars or plastic containers
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch per container
  • 1/2 teaspoon cold cream per container
  • 1/2 teaspoon water per container
  • Food coloring


  1. In each small container, mix cornstarch and cold cream until well blended.
  2. Add water and stir.
  3. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color.
  4. Paint small designs on face with a small paintbrush; remove with soap and water.
  5. Store covered.

Halloween Face Paint


  • Bowl
  • 1 tablespoon solid shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Water (optional)
  • Small jar or plastic container


  1. In bowl, mix shortening and cornstarch until smooth.
  2. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color.
  3. Use a sponge or fingers to apply paint to a large area, such as an entire face.
  4. To apply with a small brush, thin paint with a little water first.
  5. Remove with soap and water.
  6. Store covered.

Edible Egg-Yolk Paint


  • Small jars or plastic containers
  • 1 egg yolk per container
  • 1/4 teaspoon water per container
  • Food coloring


  1. In each small container, mix one egg yolk with 1/4 teaspoon water and many drops of food coloring.
  2. Use a paintbrush to apply paint to freshly baked cookies; return cookies to oven until paint hardens.

Cornstarch Fingerpaint


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Medium saucepan
  • 2 cups cold water
  • Muffin tin or small cups
  • Food coloring
  • Soap flakes or liquid dishwashing detergent


  1. Mix sugar and cornstarch in saucepan.
  2. Turn heat on low, add cold water, and stir until mixture is thick.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide mixture into four or five portions, spooning into muffintin sections or small cups.
  5. Add a few drops of food coloring and a pinch of soap flakes or a drop of liquid dishwashing detergent to each portion.
  6. Stir and let cool before use.
  7. Store covered.

Flour Fingerpaint


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • Saucepan
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • Wire whisk or eggbeater
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • Food coloring or tempera paint


  1. Put flour and salt in saucepan.
  2. Add cold water and beat with whisk or eggbeater until smooth.
  3. Add hot water and boil until mixture is thick.
  4. Beat again until smooth.
  5. Color as desired with food coloring or powdered tempera paint.
  6. Store covered in refrigerator.


Copyright 1999 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Toddler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.

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