Art PlaygroupPosted: July 22, 2011 | Author: Jena | Filed under: Artsy Fartsy, Community, Experimentation, Outside, Paint, playing with our food, Small Motor Skill, textiles, Working Together | 2 Comments »
For three summers now, this being the 3rd, a group of MOMS have organized an art playgroup.
Two MOMS team up to host and provide snack, art materials and an artsy idea. We meet once a week.
The last 2 weeks, there has been a focus on using Kool Aid.
I’m throwing in the recipes for the homemade art supplies, some of which use Kool Aid.
Homemade Paints, made with gelatin
Squishy, a little lumpy, simple, frugal, great for toddlers to smear on smooth or textured surfaces.
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups warm water
Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup of warm water and set aside. Combine corn starch and sugar in a medium sized saucepan. Gradually add remaining water and cook slowly over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin. Divide into containers, adding a drop or two of dishwashing liquid and food coloring to each. Put the containers in the fridge, shaking every couple of minutes until it sets.
So much fun to squeeze out of a bottle, takes some time to dry.
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups of water
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
In a medium saucepan, mix flour and sugar. Add 3/4 cup of the water and mix into a thick paste without clumps. Add remaining 3/4 cup of water and stir. Add in vinegar and cook over medium heat stirring constantly. Once the mixture starts to thicken, remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Homemade Glitter, made with flavored Kool Aid
Smells great, looks dull in the spice shaker, but changes when it gets wet from the glue. Super cool.
Simply buy up some flavored Kool Aide packets at your local grocery store and put them into up-cycled shaker containers. Old spice jars work great.
Kool Aid Tie Dye
Great fun in squirt bottles. You can use this just like traditional tie dye.
Apply, dry, set with heat and wear.
Mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to 2 packets of flavored Kool Aid.
You can put these mixtures in a small tub and dunk rubber band-wrapped clothes in it.
You can put in to squirt bottles to spray cloth, and you can even use stencils.
To set colors after the cloth is dry, iron on medium-high using an ironing cloth between shirt and iron.
Let set for 24 hours before washing. To be safe, wash separately first time.
Launder T-shirt as usual and it’s ready to wear.
Blog, The Chocolate Muffin Tree has also been experimenting with Kool Aide…Kool Aide water color paint and tie dying wipes.
Pink and Green Mama used Kool Aid to make my favorite, favorite ever play dough.
Please, let me know if you have any other ways to use Kool Aide!