Homemade Washable Liquid Watercolors

We love washable liquid watercolors and use them in activities all the time.  We use them so much in fact that we go through the watercolors pretty quickly, which can get pricey.  Why not make your own and save a bit of money?  It really couldn't be easier!

Homemade washable Liquid Watercolors
Make your own WASHABLE liquid watercolor paints.  These are so vibrant and cost mere pennies to make

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We have shared a simple way to make your own washable watercolors in the past, but as soon as I saw  this new way to make watercolors from Preschool Inspirations I knew we had to try it!  The process of making your own paint is fun, and these watercolors cost mere pennies to make.

Washable Liquid Watercolors Materials (affiliate links provided)


Instructions 
  • Pop each watercolor cake from the pack, and place it in very hot water
Make your own WASHABLE liquid watercolor paints.  These paints are so vibrant and cost mere pennies to make
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Make your own WASHABLE liquid watercolor paints.  These paints are so vibrant and cost mere pennies to make
  • How many watercolor cakes you need will depend on how much liquid watercolors you want to make and how vibrant you want them to be.  I wanted ours to be REALLY vibrant, so I used two cakes for each color.  
Make your own WASHABLE liquid watercolor paints.  These paints are so vibrant and cost mere pennies to make
  • Let the cakes sit in the water for several minutes and then stir well.   Once all of the watercolor cake is dissolved and mixed into the water you will be left with beautiful liquid watercolors.  
Make your own WASHABLE liquid watercolor paints.  These paints are so vibrant and cost mere pennies to make
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I used a funnel to pour ours into jars.  We now have homemade watercolors to use any time we need them for activities! Aren't they colorful and vibrant?

Also check out the other way we have made our own washable liquid watercolors

Homemade watercolor paints- there are so many ways to use these easy to make paints and they are washable, too!!

A Few Tips:  While these watercolors are vibrant they are not quite as vibrant as the store bought variety.  For coloring play recipes and sensory materials you may still want to use store bought watercolors for really vibrant coloring.  The ones we use can be found here.  I plan to use the homemade watercolors for art and science activities, and to save our other watercolors for coloring sensory materials and play recipes.

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