Mixing Your Own Paint

Our March Newsletter is all about color and this is just another fun activity to add to the lineup. I read not too long ago that Meri Cherry Art Studio in LA creates all their own colors. They only buy Red, Yellow, Blue, White and Hot Pink! How fun is that! I thought well shoot. We can totally do that! The best part is that you can make this as educational as you’d like and it’s super simple.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Glass Jars with Lid (in cup will do, but if you want to keep the paint glass with a lid)
  • Red, Yellow, Blue and White Paint (preferably tempera or carrel washable)
  • Craft Sticks
  • Sharpie

Here’s what you’ll do…

  • Start by having your kid pick two colors.
  • Squirt the first color in the glass jar (blue can be overpowering. If your kiddo chooses blue, start with a little and you can always add more.)
  • Add the second color to the jar.
  • Use a craft stick to stir. I like using the craft sticks because when you are done mixing you can pull the craft stick out and get a nice representation of the color you just made.
  • Once the paint is mixed you can do a handful of different things. Paint with it, add a third color to the mix, grab another jar and try it again, or all of the above! We chose to paint with paint brushes and the inside of a cereal box.
  • When you are done, put a lid on your jar and make up a fun name for the color. Use a sharpie and write your name on the lid. It will be a fun reminder for the next time you are ready to paint.

If your kid is older and you want to talk about the color wheel and making colors this is a really fun, hands-on way to learn. For London we just had fun with it. We obviously talked through the process and there was a since of wonder and pride about creating her own color, but I didn’t stress anything! It was a really fun morning art project.

If you’d like to get a bit more into the science behind it I would grab a bunch of craft sticks and use a different stick every time you add a different color or even more of one color. At the end of the stick use a sharpie to mark the combination. You can compare the changes and it could be a fun conversation starter for you and your little.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what colors you create and any fun names you guys dream up! I’d love to hear!!

xxoo,

El

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