Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fantastically Fun Finger Paint

I made my very first batch of homemade finger paint this morning. It was pretty easy to make and it was even more fun to use! I first got the idea of making my own from a friend who makes her own for her 1 year old to use. It's easy on the budget and you don't have to worry about your kid having a little taste because it's all natural ingredients that are non-toxic and used in everyday cooking.

Before I planned on cooking up the mixture, I did a little research and looked at some recipes on some sites throughout the web. They were pretty standard with some calling for cornstarch and water while others called for flour and water. I wasn't keen on the mixtures that just had cornstarch and water because it seemed like it would be way too clear when all was finished. The flour/water combination, on the other hand, seemed like it would have too much of a glue consistency and be too opaque. I decided to come up with my own recipe using cornstarch AND flour so I could have the best of both worlds.
I wanted it thick, but I also wanted a little of that white color from the flour. The result was great! It was a good consistency and held the food coloring really well. The paint will thicken a bit upon standing though so give it a good stir and you should be good. I'm also storing the leftovers in the fridge (because there are food ingredients in it) so it will thicken even more. Just be sure to bring them to room temp and stir well before using them again.

My son had a blast with this new form of art and I wish I would have done it when he was younger so I could have gotten that 'messy kid' picture. He kept wanting to use a paintbrush instead of his hands because he doesn't really like to get dirty. We had to keep stopping so he could wash his hands! I may have had more fun than him and I'm planning on having another little painting party tomorrow. Hey, I'll get that messy kid pic sooner or later, right?

Homemade Non-Toxic Finger Paint
1 c flour

1/2 c cornstarch
2 tb salt
2 c cold water
3 1/2 c hot water
food coloring

1. In saucepan, mix dry ingredients together.

2. Slowly add cold water to the dry ingredients, whisking as you add.
3. Bring to boil, over medium heat, as you add hot water, whisking continuously.
4. Boil mixture for about 1-2 minutes, whisking continuously, until thick and lumps are gone.
5. Allow to cool slightly in pan then transfer to separate bowls to add color.
6. Mix in a few drops of food coloring to achieve desired color.
7. Allow to cool completely before painting.

I'd suggest painting on heavy duty paper or cardstock because the paint is water heavy and regular paper will get too wet.

The cooling flour/cornstarch/water mixture.

After mixing in the food coloring. I used classic and neon colors.

Using a paintbrush to put dots all over the paper.

Changing up the brush options.

Our beautiful artwork.

He was so proud of this one that he ran in the living room to show his Dad.
I think it might be going on the fridge.

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