Make it yourself: easy art

By Drum Digital
01 April 2014

From edible paint to potter’s clay – it’s fun to make it yourself. And take a break from your busy schedule to join your kids and play with them. It is the best stress buster in the world!

Condensed milk paint

Mix 1 cup condensed milk with a few drops food colouring and paint on paper or a hard surface such as a wall.

Face paint

Mix ½ teaspoon cornflour and 1 teaspoon thick face cream until well blended. Add ½ teaspoon water and mix. Add food colouring, drop by drop, until you obtain the desired colour.

Finger paint

Mix 3 teaspoon sugar and ½ cup cornflour in a saucepan and heat over low heat. Add 2 cup cold water and stir con­tin­uously until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat. Divide the mixture into 4 or 5 portions and spoon each portion into a hollow of a muffin tin. Add 1 or 2 drops food ­colouring and a drop of dishwashing ­liquid to each portion and stir. Choose a ­different colour for each ­hollow. Cool and store in airtight containers.

Colourful play dough

Mix 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, ½ cup salt, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar and food colouring in a saucepan and heat through. Remove from the heat, add 1 cup flour and mix well. Cream of tartar ensures the clay will last for up to six months. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Do not store the clay in the fridge.

Potter’s clay

Mix 4 cup flour, 1 cup salt, 1 teaspoon alum powder (available at the chemist) and 1½ cup water in a large bowl. If the clay is too dry, add more water (about 1 cup) and mix with your hands. To colour the clay, divide into portions and roll into balls. Add a drop or two of food colouring to each ball and mix well. Shape with your hands or use cookie cutters. Leave overnight to dry or dry in the oven. Paint with acrylic paint.

Homemade glitter

Add 5-6 drops food colouring to ½ cup salt. Heat in the microwave oven for 1-2 minutes or spread on waxed paper to dry. Store in an airtight container.

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