This amazingly simple recipe is absolutely brilliant. It uses kitchen cupboard ingredients so can be made in any home but will give you such great colours as well.

What You Need:

  • 4 tbsp bicarbonate soda
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp Rice Syrup or Maple Syrup (I have found honey and golden syrup also work but dilute these sightly in water first)
  • A range of different food colouring gels or liquids. 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.
  • Cake tin or ice cube tray

Makes about 6-8 ice cube tray sections or 6 shallow filled cake tin discs. Simply double the recipe to fill a tray.

How To Make:

  1. In a measuring jug mix together the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. It will fizz as the two ingredients react to each other (nice little science lesson to add here if you want).
  2. After the fizzing has stopped, add the syrup and cornflour to the mix until the cornflour has completely dissolved.
  3. Then pour a little of the mixture into each cake tin or ice cube tray section.
  4. Add a few drops of liquid or gel food colouring to each mixing as you go to stop it hardening.
  5. If you find the liquid has made the mixture too runny you can always sprinkle a little bit more cornflour in.
  6. Leave for 24-48 hours to set.
  7. Then, voila! Using a wet paintbrush to moisten the paint disc/square enjoy painting using your homemade watercolours.

Please note none of the homemade paints listed on our website are of archival quality so paintings will likely fade in sunlight.

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.

These can be stored and used over and over again until they run out.

If you don’t have cake tins or an ice tray, you can use any small clean pots. Mini yoghurt pots work great!