Monday, June 21, 2010

Homemade Finger Paint Paintings for Father's Day

My friend & her daughter came over the other day for some Father's Day crafting. We made them some homemade finger paint, knowing that they'd probably be putting it in their mouths. It was surprisingly simple, and the paint has held up.

It was just 2 cups of water, 1 cup of flour, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Nooo idea what the point of the sugar was.

I heated those over low heat in a small saucepan until thickened. By the time it started thickening for me, it was turning into chunky globs, something like this:

I didn't think this was going to work and I figured I'd get the same result if I tried again, so I decided to try and blend it smooth. If you try this and get the same chunky result, do worked perfectly. Put your globby mixture in your food processor or blender:

Oh my gosh, it was a you can see. I added a little extra water to make sure it got nice and smooth. After blending it for a bit, it looked like this:

Perfect! It even had that milky-look to it like store bought finger paint does.

So, separate it into containers to stir in your food coloring:

I like my colors to be bright so I added a whole bunch of food coloring to each one:

That's it!

When they were finished with their paintings, I set them out in the sun to dry. The plan was to cut it down to fit into a 5x7 frame and add a message for Matt. I cut out some letters and shapes on my Cricut, and after the painting was dry and cut down to size, I put it in the frame without the glass so I could glue the letters on through the frame (to make sure the frame didn't cut them off if I glued them too low).

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