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DIY Paint

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My kids are really into painting right now.  Unfortunately most of our art supplies are still packed away until we are in a more permanent home.  In the meantime, we decided to try and make our own!  I found this recipe here, but now looking at it again, I completely omitted the cornstarch, didn’t even see that it said that, BUT,  it still turned out great!!

INGREDIENTS:

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1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cornflour / cornstarch
2 1/2 cups water + extra for thinner paint
1 tablespoon salt
food coloring or tempera paint powder
1 tablespoon dish washing liquid (optional)
small seal-able containers – only if storing (I found these squeeze bottles at the $ Store)

DIRECTIONS:

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Add plain flour, cornflour/cornstarch and salt to saucepan and 1/2 cup of the water. Mix into a thick paste.
Turn on the heat (gentle heat), and add 1 cup of water to the saucepan, mixing with a whisk to combine and prevent lumps.
Whisk continuously until mixture starts to thicken and then continue mixing with a wooden spoon.
Once mixture is thick and smooth remove from the heat.
Add another 1/2 cup of water (more may be needed) and mix thoroughly to combine. At this point the paint is ready to cool for finger painting.
For general kids crafts requiring a thinner paint, return to gentle heat and add more water – only adding 1/2 cup of water at a time and mixing thoroughly until combined. Continue adding water until you reach the required consistency.
If you get lumps, or find it hard to mix – use a stick blender to get the mixture smooth.

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Once cooled, mix in the dish washing liquid – optional. It will give the paint a smoother consistency and a glossy finish when dry.

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Separate into small containers and color with small amounts of either food coloring or tempera paint. If using tempera paint powder add a little more water to combine.
Once kids have had fun painting, store remainder in the refrigerator for up to a week.