This is such an easy paint recipe and you can get some lovely thick paint with vibrant colours.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of salt
  • A range of different food colouring gels or liquids or liquid watercolour or other pigments
  • Muffin/cake tin
  • Large mixing bowl

Makes 12 colours

How To Make:

  1. In a large bowl mix the water, salt and flour until there are no lumps. I find that whisking with an electric whisk works much better (if you have one), to get rid of lumps.
  2. Add a few drops of liquid or gel food colouring to each and mix well. Or you could even experiment with natural and other pigments. A great one to experiment with is using old make up such as eyeshadow as this contains a pigment called mica that usually produces a nice vibrant and sometimes iridescent colour.
  3. You can then paint with them straight away.

Please note, although most of these ingredients are natural we cannot guarantee the colourings will stain clothes so always best to wear an apron or old clothes.

Don’t worry if you don’t have measuring cups, simply work to a ratio of equal parts water to flour to salt.

This paint will have a slight grainy texture due to the flour and salt but I find that kids don’t really mind that. It will occasionally need a mix as you use it as some of the water starts to separate.