There’s nothing like a bit of creativity on a quiet afternoon or rainy weekend. And now that winter is apon us here in SA, we try spend as much time soaking up the heat from the sun. It’s thought that people who regularly do artistic things are happier and more fulfilled people overall. And you can see why – painting, sculpting, drawing, designing… anything that gets your creative juices flowing makes you feel excited and calm both at the same time.

If you’re looking for a new creative pursuit, why not try watercolour painting? This is a flexible and engaging hobby that you can do good inside and out. Once you’re get reasonably good, why not use your skills to paint cards, portraits and pictures for friends? The best thing about watercolours is that you can even make them at home yourself. Here’s our guide for those who want to try, as well as useful extra info like how to remove ink stains from clothes and fun ideas for your watercolour paintings once you’ve made them!

Homemade watercolours: Step-by-step

Step 1: Gather together all the necessary ingredients for the task. This includes the following:

  • Four tablespoons of baking soda
  • Two tablespoons of vinegar
  • Half a teaspoon of light corn syrup
  • Two tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Food colouring

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl add the first two ingredients and stir. They will start to fizz, so wait for that to die down, then add the next two ingredients on the list and stir again until your mixture is smooth.

Step 3: You now have your watercolour base. Pour it out into individual containers, dividing by the amount of different colours you want to use.

Step 4: Next add different colours to each bit of the mixture. You only need 5 to 10 drops, depending on how bright you want the colour to be. If you only have a few different colours and want to mix up more, do that before adding to the mixture. Remember to be careful as food colouring can stain. If you need to get rid of food colouring from clothes look online for useful guides. There’s similarly helpful info on things like how to remove ink stains from clothes and if you’re disaster prone be sure to know what to do in advance so you can act quickly!

Step 5: To finish simply leave the paints to set over night. When you want to use them, dip your paintbrush in a bit of water, then dip in your chosen colour and start painting!

What to do with your watercolour paints!

Once you’ve mastered a basic watercolour technique there are so many things you can do with your new skill. Why not paint personalised birthday cards for friends for example, with a watercolour painting of their family or their pet? If you’re good at design you could even paint a few different generic cards and start making prints to give people or sell locally.

There are loads of fun things you can do when it comes to watercolouring and considering you probably have all the ingredients to make them in your kitchen cupboard, what’s stopping you?

Embrace your artistic side and start painting today!

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Need a little insporation? I found these great beginner tutorials on YouTube by “Paint with Me” that will hopefully inspire you and get those creative juices flowing!

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