Our Favorite Homemade Paint Recipes

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Have you ever made your own paint? If not, these homemade paint recipes are just the thing to get you started. You'll be surprised at just how easy, fast, and affordable making your own paint can be. Here are some of the reasons that we love to make our own homemade paint: It's just plain fun to make things that you'd otherwise buy in the store. It can save you … [Read more...]

Sticker Resist with Watercolors

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Do you have a set of watercolors? If not, this fun project will give you reason to pick one up. My kids and I have been keeping sketchbooks for a few months, and we enjoy the challenge of testing out new techniques, materials, and ideas as we move through our books. Painting over stickers (and then peeling them back) presents children with the opportunity to learn about … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Egg Tempera Paint

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Today I'm sharing how to make homemade tempera paint. This paint is beyond simple, made from eggs and food coloring, and it will last indefinitely once dry. I've been interested in whipping up a batch of homemade egg tempera paint for a while, and was eager to try this with my kids. History of Egg Tempera Paint Do you know the history of egg tempera paint? It's quite … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Butterfly Prints

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When my 1 year old naps, my three and a half year old non-napper and I like to pull out some of our favorite messy materials that don't normally surface when baby hot-hands is awake. The other day N wanted to paint, and we ended up making butterfly rorschach paintings. BTW, every time I have to spell that word -- rorschach -- it stumps me! Anyone else? We called these butterfly … [Read more...]

Styrofoam Prints and Baby “Painting”

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Printmaking is one of my passions, so we invariably make a lot of prints in my house. I was about to recycle a styrofoam tray (I think it was from a pack of corn) when N asked if we could print with it. Why yes, we can! We've printed with these before (Abstract Recycled Prints) and the technique is the same except this time we printed the pattern found on the tray instead of … [Read more...]

Drippy Painting

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My daughter lurves squeezing just about anything (including her sister's "plump little cheeks," as she says it), so when I saw this gorgeous post at Childhood 101 I was inspired to pull our squeeze bottles out for a painty afternoon. I purchased the bottles (Nancy Bottles) from Discount School Supply, but clean shampoo, ketchup, or similar bottles would also work well. In fact, … [Read more...]

Egg Dyeing Experiments

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News break  If you like TinkerLab, please click on over here and give us your vote. We won’t win anything, but the attention sure is nice! +++++   I'm excited to share my first inter-blog collaborative project. Are you ready? Today I'm posting two Easter Egg projects in conjunction with Melissa of The Chocolate Muffin Tree. After reading about last … [Read more...]

Rolled Wooden Eggs

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This is part of a collaboration with my friend Melissa’s blog, The Chocolate Muffin Tree. Scroll to the bottom for a link to her Two for One: Rolled Eggs. Her colors are amazing! We started with some wooden eggs. Aren't they pretty? What we used Wooden Eggs Acrylic Paint. Acrylics will stain clothes, walls, etc. Be sure to cover anything you wouldn't want … [Read more...]

Funnel Painting

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This was inspired by an idea we found in Mary Ann Kohl's Preschool Art. I know I've said this many times before, but Mary Ann's books are brimming with creative and engaging projects, and each of mine are dog-eared in a million places. We used materials that we already had around the house -- low threshold projects are my cup of tea! -- and the set-up is really easy. The other … [Read more...]