Homemade Watercolor Paint- Martha Stewart’s Homemade Art Supplies

Children love to make paintings out of watercolor paint – heck, even adults like to play with watercolor paints (even if they are not willing to admit it!).  How fun would it be to make your own Homemade Watercolor Paint set?  You can customize the paint colors, plus save a ton of money with Martha Stewart’s DIY Homemade Art Supplies!  Another major advantage of making your own watercolor paints is that if your children puts the paint in their mouths, it is non-toxic!

Martha also gave tips for making Homemade Sidewalk Chalk.  Maybe it was the glory of my mother hanging my watercolor paintings on the fridge as a child (something you cannot do with sidewalk chalk drawings) – or maybe it was the disappointment of spending an afternoon making a gorgeous sidewalk chalk drawing, and then after an evening of thunderstorms, waking up the next morning to see my sidewalk chalk art destroyed – but I am definitely much more in the group of watercolor paint lovers than the group sidewalk chalk lovers.Homemade Watercolor Paint

Here is how Martha Stewart said to make the Homemade Watercolor Paints, but keep in mind that you can (and should) use your creativity to make lots of fun colors!  Aqua, fuchsia, lilac… you get the idea…

Plus, did anyone see that Martha Stewart will be at the Norwalk, CT Costco tomorrow for a book signing?  I will be there with an armful of books for all of my friends and family members (think about how perfect of a Mother’s Day present a signed Martha book would be)!  I am sure a bunch of my readers will be there, so please let me know so that we can get together and I can say hello!!!  I will be wearing a navy nautical themed button down sweater (new from LL Bean this season – love them!)

Martha Stewart’s Homemade Watercolor Paints:

What You Need:

– baking soda

– white vinegar

– light corn syrup

– cornstarch

– mixing spoon and bowl

– 1/2 dozen egg carton

– food coloring

– popsicle sticks or skewers


1.  Mix together 4 TB of baking soda and 2 TB of vinegar.  You will see it fizzing.

2.  After the fizzing stops, add 1/2 tsp corn syrup and 2 TB cornstarch.  Mix well.

3.  Pour this into your egg carton, but only fill the cups 1/3 to 1/2 of the way.

4.  Add between 5 and 10 drops of food coloring to get the color you are looking for.  Here are some tips for making certain colors of watercolor paints (this should remind you of elementary school a bit!)

Red / Pink – 10 drop red

Orange – 1 drop red, 6 drops yellow

Yellow – 5 drops yellow

Leaf Green – 3 drops green, 7 drops yellow

Sea Blue – 5 drops blue

Violet – 4 drops red, 2 drops blue

5.  Let the paints sit overnight so that they can set and become firm.

6.  Paint away with a wet paintbrush and your new Homemade Watercolor Paints!

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4 Responses to “Homemade Watercolor Paint- Martha Stewart’s Homemade Art Supplies”

  1. this post is very usefull thx!

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  3. great post as usual!

  4. We made this today with preschoolers and I have two notes: it didn’t work so well in the half-batch I made for each kid, and we omitted the corn syrup. We used it right away and didn’t wait for it to dry, but it looked great without the corn syrup.

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