Looking for an easy paint recipe and art activity for kids at home or in the classroom? Want to explore the sense of smell? Let’s have some fun in the kitchen making your own paint. No need to go to the store or order paint online, we’ve got you covered with our totally “do-able” homemade paint recipes you can make with the kiddos. Have a go at sensory painting with this easy natural scented paint.
SCENTED ART WITH SPICE PAINTING
THE HISTORY OF NATURAL PIGMENTS
A natural pigment is one that is found in nature, which is ground, sifted, washed and in rarer cases, heated to create a desired hue. Natural pigments have served many artistic purposes for ancient cultures around the world. Early paintings, from prehistoric times were cave paintings applied by brushing, smearing, dabbing and even spraying natural pigments.
Civilizations from all over the world have utilized organic material from plants, animals and minerals to create color they could apply to surfaces. Even today, many artists use natural materials because they are environmentally friendly and surprisingly, easy to manipulate.
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Create your own natural pigments with some colored spices and oil from your kitchen cupboards. Download our free leaf template worksheet to use your scented paint on!
SCENTED PAINT RECIPE
The sense of smell is a unique way to explore art, and this non-toxic paint recipe is a perfect way to get started. Open the spice drawer, and let’s get started!
- Printable leaf template (above)
- Olive oil
- Spices (Options include cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, paprika, allspice)
HOW TO PAINT WITH SPICES
STEP 1. Print out the leaf template.
STEP 2. Mix a small amount of oil and a colored spice together. Repeat with other spices.
TIP: If possible avoid using “hot” spices which could cause irritation if rubbed onto skin & eyes.
STEP 3. Let the mixtures sit for 10 minutes to allow the spices to color the oil.
STEP 4. Time to get spice painting! Paint your leaves with the spice paint!
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SPICE PAINTING ART FOR KIDS
Click on the image below or on the link for more fun leaf crafts for kids.