Sunday, February 27, 2011

How to Make Paint

I remember sitting in my art education class in college, and thinking "when am I ever really going to use this stuff in my classroom." I felt like the art techniques were too advanced for Elementary aged kids and the essays we were supposed to write were just too intense for a "non-art" major in my opinion. Lo and behold, I have found myself using a few tips and such from the class for not only my students when I was teaching, but for my son as well.

One tip she gave us was how to make egg-yoke paint. It is super easy and fast and not to mention CHEAP. All great things for a busy stay at home mom. And when do you not have an extra egg in the house??

So here are the easy peasy instructions:

Egg Yolk Paint

  • Break an egg over a bowl and separate your egg yolk from your egg white. You will need separate egg yolks for each color.

  • Transfer your egg yolk to your plastic cup.

  • Pour 1/4 cup of water into your cup. Mix your egg yolk and water mixture.

  • Add a few drops of the food coloring of your choice a little at a time to your egg and water mixture. Add more food coloring until you have your desired color.

  • And that's it! This is a type of Tempera Paint. Tempera paint is a great paint to use with children because it dries so quickly making it easy to transfer and layer paint upon paint upon paint. Not to mention, it cleans up super easy!

    If you haven't checked it out already and you need a fun activity to do with Tempera paint powder, go here.


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    Tyler, Jackie, Cole said...

    I hadn't heard this one before! Thanks, I'm going to try it this week :) I love the blog btw. What a great idea! You're such an amazing mom!

    Jackie said...

    I tried this . . . twice . . . and both times were a complete disaster. It was runny, not thick at all like paint should be.

    teacher2mom said...

    Hi Jackie-
    Tempera paint is a VERY thin is almost like water paint; at least that is what I have always used! I am so sorry if you needed thicker paint! I will see if I can find a recipe that creates thicker paint. Thanks for letting us know! ;)

    Jackie said...

    Thanks for the reply! You are so kind to respond. I think I'll just stick with the store-bought tempera paint, so no worries about finding a better recipe!