DIY Natural Watercolor Paints

You thought our powders were just for eating??? Well, have we got a surprise for you!!

WATERCOLORS!!!

Yes, we said it! We are taking "playing with your food" to a whole new level! No surprise, these natural pigments create a lovely array of earthy tones you will want to play with all day long!

“Why make your own paints” you may ask? Wouldn't it be nice to know your kids are painting with completely natural and non-toxic ingredients? No kids? What if the cat jumps up on the table or the pup gets into the paint water? With this watercolor recipe they could drink that nasty looking paint water if they wanted  (it may even be good for them!) Trust us from experience...the kids will WANT to drink the turmeric and spirulina tinted water!! (We hear the raspberry paint tasted pretty good too)

Natural paints like these have been used for ages, so why not give it a shot yourself!! Here are our recommendations to get you started:

For liquid paints

Ingredients:
Nature Restore powder (s)
Water
Directions:
In a jar, combine the powder of your choice with water. Mix well.
Choose a brush, and paint! Simple as that!

For solid paints

Ingredients:
Nature Restore powder (s)
Water
Corn Starch
Directions:
Mix 1 part cornstarch, 1 part powder, and just enough water to make a thick paste.
Place the paste in a mold of your choice (ice cube trays or mini muffin tins work well)
Put the filled mold in the freezer for 3-5 hours, or leave it out to dry (could take a few days depending on the weather)
Once dry (or frozen) use like any other solid watercolor palette!
Plus, paints can be stored in the freezer and re-used!

Here is a list of the powders we used and their resulting colors once the paint has dried!

Acai - Dark purple/ Grey
Raspberry - Grey/ Soft Blue
Reishi - Brown
Red Beet - Red or Pink (depending on the amount of powder added)
Turmeric - Yellow
Japanese Knotweed - Yellow Ochre
Spirulina & Turmeric - Light Yellow/Green
Spirulina -Dark green

 

Don't be afraid to mix the colors to create your own perfect shade! Happy Painting!!



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