You will need:
- Pigments (check out how to make pigments from organic materials)
- Stirring spoon
Put a little bit of pigment in a small jar and get some water and honey. This will be your mixing bowl and paint pot all in one. Start out with a small batch: go with about 2 teaspoons.
Add a little bit of water to the pigment, something like 1 part water to 1 part pigment by volume. Add small amounts of water at a time and stir until the mixture looks like mud. Be careful not to add too much water. It’s hard to take it out if you have too much.
Add the honey, start out by adding about 1 part honey to 5 or 6 parts coloured mud. The amount of binder to add is not an exact science, so don’t get too hung up on measurements. It comes down to personal preference in how you like your paint. If you want thicker paint, add more binder; for thinner paint, use less binder. With honey it is better to have too little rather than too much.
TIP: If the honey watercolour paint dries a little sticky, you can sprinkle pigment on it to fix the problem. Just match the paint to the pigments they are made from and add less honey next time.
The Organic Artist for Kids: A DIY Guide to Making Your Own Eco-Friendly Art Supplies from Nature By Nick Neddo
This craft feature was originally published in JUNO Early Spring 2020