Am I the only one who has been seeing what seems like hundreds and thousands of super gorgeous art projects that use liquid watercolors? Those super vibrant absolutely stunning art projects? I have been lusting after those paints for months, but I wasn't really wanting to shell out $40 to the art supply folks just to give them a spin.

I did a quick Pinterest search, of course, because is there any other way when it comes to DIY?! There were bunches of different methods--some using food coloring, some dried up markers. But the ones that really caught my eye were the ones made with the washable Crayola watercolors--you know the ones that you had in elementary school? The little cakes of paint in the little white trays and plastic cases? Yep, those.

I put together a couple of those recipes and came up with the perfect one, and it couldn't be any simpler. Okay, okay, settle down! I'm getting to it right now ;)

1 cake of watercolor paint to 1.5 oz warm water 

That's it. For real.

We used two ounces of warm water and they work great, but I think next time I want them to be just a little bit more concentrated. All you need to do is pour the water in the little containers you want to store the paint in and drop a cake of paint in each one. Pop the lid on and let them sit for a couple of days, then give them a shake and they are ready to rock!

A little art, a little math (measuring), a little science experiment--the whole thing is a perfect STEAM project, right? :)

One of the things I read about this method is that Crayola paint is the only kind that really works well, so don't go extra cheap and buy the store brand watercolors or you might be disappointed.

Real liquid watercolors are supposed to be really hard to clean up, and these beauts are exactly the opposite.When we were done with our first project there was paint EVERY WHERE, and all it took was a baby wipe and some soap and water. No stained fingers, no nothing.

Score another one for the DIY cheap-o paints!

I got these little plastic cups with lids from Dollar Tree and they are the perfect size if you don't already have something on hand that would work.

After you have your brand-new batch of crazy fun paint, you are gonna need some project ideas to use them for, aren't ya? Well, friend, you have come to the right place! I'll be here sharing ones that we love as we get them finished along with my customary 5 million pictures ;)

What do you think? Are you gonna give them a try? Do you have any questions for me?

I'd love to see your kiddo or grown-up art if you give this project a go! Just tag me ( @raising.kinley ) or use #raisingkinleyblog on Instagram and I will find ya and heart that art! :)

Happy painting!


  1. This is going to fit in great with with our colors unit!!

    1. Definitely! I can't wait to use ours up so we can make some MORE!! ;)