Art Ed Wednesday: Recipes!

Art Ed Wednesday is written by Rachel Johnston, a fiber artist and early childhood art educator in Lincoln Parish. Hi again! I have quite a few recipes I’ve collected for various art supplies, so I’m sharing some of those today. For many of these recipes, kids can help measure, mix, etc. and often this process will be as fun for kids as actually using the finished materials. Most of these recipes call for common household items that you may already have on hand.

Salt Paint

2 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Liquid starch Few drops of food coloring (3-4 drops)    Free_bubbles

Mix ingredients together.

Bubble Solution

2/3 cup Dawn or Joy dishwashing liquid 1 gallon water 1 tablespoon glycerin (optional)

Mix ingredients together.

Cornstarch Clay

1 cup cornstarch 2 cups baking soda 1 1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients and cook until it boils and forms a clay-like consistency. Knead.

Cover with a damp cloth and cool. Keep unused portions in refrigerator covered with a damp cloth.

Air dry. Can be painted after it’s dry.

Finger Paint

2 cups flour 2 tsp salt 2 and 1/2 cups cold water    fingerpainting_kid 2 cups hot water Mix the flour and salt. Add cold water. Beat until smooth and gradually add hot water.

Boil until clear, beat until smooth and add food coloring.

Crystal Paint

2 cups water 2 cups Epsom salt food coloring (optional) In a saucepan, combine the water and Epsom salt, bring to a boil.

Stir the mixture and allow to cool. Add food coloring. Paint on construction paper.

Makes clear or colored crystals when dry