Today we decided to try some finger painting! I initially had my reservations because Samantha tends to put everything into her mouth and I don’t really like the idea of her mouth full of paint… But after some googling I found a recipe for edible paint and how to make organic food colouring!
I usually end up frustrated or disappointed following online recipes because the end product doesn’t look like the pictures on the websites. This time, I decided to take things into my own hands and modified the recipes a little as I went along. (And also cut short some steps because I was lazy.)
Here’s what I used-
- Corn flour/starch
- Red cabbage
- Sodium bicarbonate
First, I boiled some red cabbage in a small amount of water (I used about 100ml, but how much water you add depends on how much paint you want to make), until the water turned blue/purple.
I then split the water into three portions. I added some lemon juice into one (little by little, until the water was red), and sodium bicarbonate into another (until it turned green).
Now I had 3 different colours!
Lastly, I added the corn flour slowly to each colour, stirring as I went along, until I had a gooey consistency (something like honey).
Tada! The organic edible finger paint was complete! One thing to note, the final colour created isn’t as strong as you would get in artificial colouring.. It’s a little more pastel coloured.
(if you check out the websites above they also advise the use of spinach, carrot, etc to make other colours, but I was lazy and thought three colours was enough for today)
So we embarked on our finger painting session! We sat on some unwanted cardboard and painted on thick drawing block paper.
Samantha loved it! And I was happy too, because I didn’t have to worry that she was eating the paint..
I took only 30 minutes to prepare the paint and we played for 30 minutes. Washing up was not difficult because the flour washed off quite easily. The red cabbage colouring also left no stains on our clothes! Try it!