As an artist, you have the freedom to choose your favorite medium. There are all kinds of paint to choose from including watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, and more. If you really want to get creative, consider making your own homemade paint. Who knows, it could inspire you to branch out and tap into a level of imagination you never thought possible!
1. Coffee or tea. If you want to start off easy in making your own paint, why not use something that is already colored and in liquid form? Coffee or tea brewed to different strengths can give you a range of natural tones. You’ll also find that as your coffee paint dries, it starts to evaporate from the edges first, allowing the more concentrated areas of liquid to flow outward to create a ringed effect.
2. Egg yolks and food coloring. Prior to the development of oil paints about six centuries ago, artists were forced to make their own paint using egg yolks. When blended, egg yolks have the perfect consistency for painting and they can be mixed with ground herbs for color – or you can just use food coloring. You can also save the egg white to use as a glaze on your finished painting.
3. Juice and flour. If you are looking for some brighter colors, try using your favorite juice and thicken it with a bit of flour or cornstarch. For yellow, go with orange juice or pineapple juice. Apple juice produces a subtle honey-like shade and grape juice is great for hues of purple and blue. Take a stroll down your grocery store’s juice aisle to see what else you can find!
4. Squeezable paint. If you want to create paint that has a bit of texture, try making it with flour, water, and salt. Mix equal parts salt, water, and flour (start with ½ cup of each) and blend until smooth then add your choice of food coloring. You can then pour the liquid into squeeze bottles and go to town!
5. Puffy paint. To create your own puffy paint for a craft project, all you need is a few simple ingredients and a microwave. Make your paint by blending one cup of flour with three teaspoons baking powder and one teaspoon salt – then whisk in enough water to create a thick consistency. Spoon the paint into bags then snip the tip to squeeze it onto your surface. After creating your works of art, microwave them for 30 to 40 seconds to set the paint.
6. DIY oil paint. If you want to create homemade paint that is more like something you’d buy at an art supply store, this is the recipe to try. Mix two parts powdered pigment and powdered white chalk then dissolve it one teaspoon at a time into a half cup of linseed oil. Next, blend that mixture with an additional half cup of linseed oil then add 2/3 cups paint thinner and another 2 tablespoons of powdered chalk.
Making your own materials is the true test of an artist. You never know exactly how your creation is going to turn out which adds a degree of mystery and excitement. If you want to get creative and think outside the box, try making your own paint using one of the methods above.