How to Make Finger Paints

Easy to make finger paint recipes.

RECIPE 1

Mix 1 1/2 cups starch with enough cold water to make a paste. Slowly add 4 cups of boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook until clear, avoiding too hot a fire. While still warm, stir in 1 1/2 cups soap flakes. Add 2 tablespoons glycerine. Add food coloring to portion which will be used immediately and store the remainder in the refrigerator in a covered jar.

These paints work best on glazed paper such as shelf paper.

RECIPE 2

In a double boiler, mix 1 cup cornstarch (or laundry starch) with enough cold water to form a smooth, thin paste. Add 1 cup flaked soap chips and 1/2 cup salt (which acts like preservative). Add 1 quart water and cook until thick (increase amount of water if necessary). Beat with an egg beater, and place mixture in empty baby food jars, adding food colouring to each jar.

One teaspoon glycerine makes mixture more pliable and easier on the hands. Vanilla or oil of cloves can be added to mixture to create a nice smell.

RECIPE 3 (no cook)

Mix 6 tablespoons dry laundry starch with just enough cold water to make mixture liquid and smooth. Pour this mixture slowly into 1 quart boiling water, stirring well until thick. Add a drop of oil of cloves and mix again. Divide into portions (a muffin pan is a good holder) and add food coloring.

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