This is a game changer if you love liquid watercolor! Make your own easy and affordable DIY liquid watercolor. I love this recipe for process art activities or if I need watercolor right away! It is the perfect substitute for food coloring and dyes. Plus, liquid watercolor is washable!
I will be the first to admit that I LOVE liquid watercolors! I’m pretty sure that if I was told that I had to teach preschool on a deserted island, and I could only choose three teaching items, liquid watercolor would be at the top of the list. Yup, we would be using it inside coconuts, to make messages in the sand, and to decorate palm trees.
If you haven’t caught onto the liquid watercolor craze yet, then why not!?!? They are so incredibly awesome, and they have the effect of food coloring without the five day hand staining (or permanent staining on clothes). I use them for art, the sensory table, science activities, discovery bottles, and as a substitute for dyes. It is child and preschool friendly, and your options with it are limitless. Here are some of my absolute favorite liquid watercolor activities.
Liquid watercolor is a precious commodity in my house though, and we were almost out, gasp! I decided that if I could figure out how to make my own liquid watercolor recipe, that would be as amazing as finding it! Well, I am so excited to share that I have found a method to make a homemade liquid watercolor recipe, and the best part is that it is super duper easy. You definitely already have half of the ingredients, if not all of them.
Here’s how gorgeous they turned out!!!
My kids absolutely love them! In the snow, they are super vibrant and beautiful.
My daughter wanted to make more and more snow pictures.
We especially love doing liquid watercolors on paper towels for fine motor practice!
DIY Liquid Watercolor
Now here’s the best part, this is the EASIEST recipe to make. I am the queen of all things simple, and I couldn’t even believe what a breeze this was. Here’s a video about how to use it!
There are just two ingredients!
- Crayola Washable Watercolors
- Hot Water
Don’t skimp on the brand! I’ve tried other brands besides Crayola, and they just don’t turn out as nice.
It starts out like this…
…and becomes this.
Liquid Watercolor Magic Ratio:
Start out with 4 oz. of hot water, and add one Crayola watercolor cake oval.
Process Art Ratio:
If you are doing this just for process art, use 4-8 oz. of water to one cake oval.
If you are dying rice or something wooden, use 4 oz of hot water to 2 cake ovals.
Let the watercolor set in the hot water for several minutes, or feel free to speed it up by stirring it.
If you are wanting to use it for things such as paper, coffee filters, or other absorbent items, I would recommend making it more concentrated.
The colors will initially look “cloudy” in their container, but after a couple of days, they will get that gorgeous translucent “glow.” Of course it will not affect your projects either way, but I just want to reassure you that the cloudiness is part of the process.
For storage, I just found some old paint containers and other empty household items to put them in. The honey bear was a perfect one for the orange!
We are on a liquid watercolor frenzy now! I used to only have red, blue, and yellow around in an effort to remain frugal as I can mix most colors with those three. However, I splurged since these are so affordable. I bought a pack of 24 Crayola watercolors on sale for $4. It cost me under 17 cents for each color!
UPDATE: I have tried this methods with other brands, and I would have to say that it really works best with Crayola Washable Watercolors.
So now you know how super easy it is, and here is my pinterest board with all of my favorite liquid watercolor activities. I hope you enjoy becoming a frugal liquid watercolor fanatic too!