Paint, Dye, and Ink Recipes

Corn Starch Finger Paint #1
Ingredients: 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 cup cold water 1 package unflavored gelatin 2 cups boiling water food coloring or poster paintMethod: In saucepan, mix cornstarch with 3/4 cup cold water to a smooth paste. Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside. Pour boiling water slowly over cornstarch mixture, stirring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and clears. Remove. Stir in gelatin. Cool and divide into separate small screw top jars. Add color. Refrigerate to store.

Corn Starch Finger Paint #2
Ingredients: 3 tbsps. sugar 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 cups cold water Food coloring Soap flakes or liquid dishwashing soapMethod: Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan over low heat. Add cold water and stir until mixture is thick. Remove from heat. Divide into four or five portions (in muffin tins or cups). Add a drop or two of food coloring to each portion and a pinch of soap flakes or soap. Stir and let cool. Store in airtight container.

Pudding Finger Paint
Ingredients: Instant Vanilla Pudding Food ColoringMethod: Mix pudding according to directions. To colour, add food coloring.

Jello Finger Paint
Ingredients: any kind of flavored jello boiling waterMethod: Mix jello into boiling water until it is a good consistency for fingerpaint.

Kool-Aid Finger Paint
Ingredients: 2 cups flour 2 packs unsweetened Kool-Aid 1/2 cup salt 3 cups boiling water 3 tbs. oilMethod: In a bowl mix together flour, Kool-Aid, and salt. Add boiling water and oil. Mix ingredients until smooth.

Flour Finger Paint
Ingredients: 1 cup flour 2 tbsp salt 1 1/4 cup hot water 1 1/2 cup cold water Food coloring or tempera paintMethod: Put flour and salt in a saucepan and add add cold water. Beat with a whisk or rotary beater until smooth. Add hot water and boil until mixture is thick. Beat until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and add food coloring as needed.

Poster Paint
Ingredients: 1/4 cup flour 1 cup water 3 tbsps. powdered tempera paint 2 tbsps. water 1/2 tsp. liquid starch or liquid detergentMethod: Pour flour into saucepan. Slowly add 1 cup water until mixture is smooth. Heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cool. Add 1/4 cup flour paste into small jar or plastic container. Add tempera paint and water for each color. For opaque finish add liquid starch. For glossy finish add liquid detergent.

Sparkly Poster Paint
Ingredients: 1/2 cup liquid starch 1/2 cup soap powder 5/8 cup water food colouring or powdered tempera paint (variable amount) glitterMethod: Beat together until the consistency of whipped potatoes. Add more water if necessary.

Face Paint
Ingredients: 1 tsp. corn starch 1/2 tsp. water 1/2 tsp. cold cream Food coloringMethod: Stir together starch and cold cream until well-blended. Add water and stir. Add food coloring. Use a small brush to apply on face. Remove with soap and water.

Frosty Paint
Ingredients: 1 cup powdered tempera paint 2 tbsps. wallpaper paste 1/4 to 1/2 cup liquid laundry starchMethod: Mix tempera paint with wallpaper paste. Add starch, mixing until thick enough to spread.

Sealing Wax Paint
Ingredients: sticks of leftover bits of sealing wax of different colours lemon or peppermint extract, or denatured alcohol airtight jar for each colourMethod: Crush each stick of sealing wax into small bits, keep the colours separate, and put each colour in separate airtight jars. Pour enough extract or alcohol to cover the wax. Let sit for at least 24 hours, until the wax dissolves completely.
Can paint this on any surface. Clean brushes with extract or alcohol, and if it dries also add extract or alcohol.

Powdered Milk Paint
Ingredients: 1 part powdered nonfat milk 1 part cup water powdered temperaMethod: Mix milk and water until milk is dissolved. Separate mixture into different containers. Add in different coloured powdered tempera and mix.
This paint dries quickly to a glossy opaque finish and does not dust, chip or come off on your hands.

Egg Yolk Paint
Ingredients: 1 egg yolk 1/4 tsp. water Food coloringMethod: Use this paint to decorate baked cookies.
Mix egg yolk with water and lots of food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint on baked cookies. Return cookies to oven until egg has solidified.

Pasta Dye
Ingredients: 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol Food coloringMethod: Mix alcohol and food coloring in bowl. Add small amounts of any type of pasta to liquid and gently stir. Dry on newspapers covered with wax paper.

Dye for Easter Eggs
Ingredients: 1/4 tsp. food coloring 3/4 cup hot water 1 tbsp. vinegarMethod: Measure liquids into a bowl. Separate into small bowls. Add food coloring to each mixture. Dye eggs by soaking them in the mixture.

Transfer Ink
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons soap powder, like Ivory Snow (not detergent) or scrapings from a bar of soap 1/4 cup hot water 1 tablespoon turpentineMethod: Dissolve soap powder in hot water. Add turpentine. Use when cool.
To use, dip a brush into the ink and brush over the picture to be transferred, wait about ten seconds then place a piece of paper over the picture and rub the back of it with a spoon. The picture will be transferred to the paper. If the ink solidifies in its container, set the bottle in a pan of warm water to melt, then shake well before using.

Rubber Stamp Ink (waterproof)
Ingredients: powdered clothes dye 1/4 teaspoon alcohol 5 tablespoon glycerineMethod: Mix dye with alcohol until it resembles thin cream. Add glycerine and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Pour ink over used up stamp pad. To make a stamp pad, cut foam rubber to fit the bottom of a small plastic box, then pour the ink over the stamp pad. Keep the box tightly covered when not in use.

Block Printing Ink
Ingredients: 3 tablespoon of powdered tempera 1 tablespoon clear varnish palette knife sheet of glass brayerMethod: Thoroughly mix tempera paint and varnish with a palette knife on a glass surface. Roll brayer back and forth until the mixture is tacky and the brayer is evenly coated.
To use, after brayer is evenly coated, Press a wooden or linoleum block on paper and press it evenly with all your weight…

Block Printing Ink for Fabric
Ingredients: 5 tablespoons turpentine 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 tablespoon wintergreen oil 1 tablespoon of dishwahsing liquid 8 ounce bottle oil paint pigments palette knife sheet of glass brayer carved wood or linoleum block fabric hot ironMethod: Pour the first 4 ingredients into a bottle and shake well. Add oil paint pigments until you get a thick creamy consistency. Smooth with a palette knife on a sheet of glass. Roll brayer back and forth until mixture is tacky and the brayer is evenly coated.
To use, roll the brayer over the carved block. Press the block onto fabric and press evenly with all your weight. Lift the block from the fabric and place a damp cloth over the design. Press the cloth with a hot iron. The designed fabric can be washed in warm water with a mild soap.