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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Homemade paints

Homemade paints are easy to make. And when you are trapped inside through the long winters, with or without children, making your own paints can keep you are pleasantly busy.

#1
1 Quart skim milk (room temperature)
1 Once of hydrated lime by weight ( Do not use quick lime)
1 to 2 1/2 pounds of chalk may also be added as a filler.

Stir together milk and lime to form a smooth paste. Add color pigment of your choice and apply with bristle brush. Allow first coat to dry before applying another.

#2
One Gallon Skim Milk
Two Cups Builders Lime (Do NOT use Quick Lime)
One Quart Linseed Oil (the boiled type)
1/2 Cup of Salt
Dye (Color) add in as needed

Mix all ingredients together and strain through a cheesecloth. Use within a day or two.

#3
Powdered Skim Milk
Water
Food Coloring

Mix just enough powder and water to create the consistency of paint. Add food coloring of your choice or make it various herbs and vegetables. Strain through a cheesecloth.

4 comments:

Kymber said...

which ones have you used Phelan? i think i like number 3....thanks for sharing these!

i especially like the idea of straining some basil or strawberries into the paint to make my "own" colours!!!

Phelan said...

I used number #3. I plan on trying the other two later.

Anonymous said...

I tried this formula and it works nicely, but now my dog keeps licking the walls. Just kidding....

Phelan said...

Anonymous, seriously I can see that. I had a dog that ate through my bathroom wall once, and it wasn't painted with milk.

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