DIY Liquid Watercolors

I follow quite a few homeschoolers and art teachers on Instagram for inspiration and everyone RAVES about liquid watercolors. There is one brand in particular that has been referenced multiple times, but I just haven’t been able to take the plunge.

Two reasons for this. 1) I’m on a budget and they are a little more than I’d like to spend. I’m sure once I got them in my hands I would fall in love and they’d be worth every penny, but until then…. 2) I can only find liquid water colors online, and I’m still an instant gratification shopper. There’s nothing like walking out of a store and going home to play with your new art supplies. If a store in the Kansas City area sold liquid watercolors I probably would have already bought them.

So, last week when I heard an instagrammger talk about DIY Liquid Water Colors I was THRILLED. Not sure why this didn’t cross my mind on its own, but it didn’t. I immediately grabbed some a water color palette to start experimenting.

Here’s What You Need…

  • Crayola Water Color Palette
  • Water
  • Glass jar with lid
  • Spoon

Start with 2oz of water in your glass jar and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds. The water needs to be hot to dissolve the water color cake. Take a water color cake out of the palette and add to the hot water. Use your spoon to stir and help dissolve the cake. Depending on how vibrant you want your colors you can add more water once the cake has completely dissolved. I think 2 oz is perfect!

That’s it! You are ready to paint!

Here’s What I learned

  • Not all brands are created equally when making your liquid watercolors. The first time I was experimenting it didn’t matter what I did, there was chalky consistency and I couldn’t get the cake to completely dissolve. Of course, I’m all about trying what you have, but just wanted to share my experience.
  • More than likely, you won’t use all the liquid water colors in one sitting so make sure to use a container with a lid. I used some recycled mason jars and they have been working great for us.

Now, when I first shared this on Instagram I had a friend comment saying she’s done this for years (she works at a preschool) and never thought it was that big of a deal. LOL! If you are one of these people, I apologize. In the past when we tried to paint with water colors London always ended up just painting with water, so this idea is exciting! Why it never crossed my mind on my own? Not sure, but just in case you are like me, I hope this is equally exciting for you!

Happy Painting,


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