Homemade Watercolour Paints

Use five kitchen cupboard ingredients to make your own watercolour paints.

These brilliant watercolour paints are made with stuff you’ll most likely already have in your kitchen cupboards.

What you’ll need:

4 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons of white vinegar
½ teaspoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons cornflour
Wilton food colouring gels

What to do:
Mix together bicarbonate of soda and vinegar in a measuring jug. Wait until fizzing stops.
Add golden syrup and cornflour and mix.
Fill an ice cube tray or 12 hole muffin tin with the thick liquid.
(we used a plastic tray we got from the supermarket that held 12 jelly pots)
Stir food colouring into each mould using a toothpick or skewer to get 12 different colours.
Place the tray in a warm place and leave overnight to set and dry out.

I found this recipe on Happy Hooligans.

It asks for corn syrup which isn’t easily available in the UK, so after a little research to see what would work, I replaced it with golden syrup.

We use Wilton gel food colouring – they’re really intense colours and as only a little is needed each time, last for ages. They’re definitely worth the investment!

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