Brit has wanted to do this specific art project since before Thea was even born. We spent time researching edible, non-toxic, water-based paints to use and found the best solution…make the paint at home with food-grade materials.
Interested in making your own? Here’s how:
4 tablespoons of corn flour (corn starch)
1 cup of boiling water
Liquid food coloring
If the mixture has harden from being in the fridge, adding a little bit of boiling hot water or leave the paint our for a few hours will return to its smooth consistency.
In a medium saucepan, mix the cornflour with enough cold water to make a paste. (Not too runny).
Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir thoroughly so there are no lumps.
Turn on medium heat on the stove and mix. The mixture will start to change and you will notice some clear streaks forming in the mixture. Once you see this, turn off the heat and continue stirring. It will start to thicken and turn into a wonderful, custard-like consistency.
Spoon equal amounts into empty jars, cups or containers and add food coloring. Mixing until completely combined. For each color, check out this awesome color chart on getting the shade/brightness/hue you are looking for.
Store in the fridge covered with cling wrap for up to 2 weeks. This paint recipe does not have any preservative in it, so it is important to check that the paint has not expired before giving it to children.
Oh, and the super adorable tin that we will be reusing for a milk bath impromptu photo shoot in the future? We bought it at Walmart. It’s considered a seasonal item so get it while it’s hot!