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How to Make Watercolors at Home Using Vegetables

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If you want to make eco-friendly watercolors at home, you’ll find that it’s actually easier and more fun than having to go to the store. You can just make them with vegetables or soluble ingredients, like coffee or turmeric, and in a very short time.
5-Minute Crafts wants to show you how to make them.

What you’ll need:

  • Blender
  • Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Water
  • Beet (purple)
  • Carrot (orange)
  • Spinach (green)
  • Red cabbage (blue)
  • Cut each vegetable into small pieces. You can dice or slice it, it doesn’t matter.

  • Add ⅔ units of water for every ⅓ units of vegetables in a pot and bring each vegetable to a boil separately.

  • Boil until you get the shade you’re looking for. You can test the colors by dipping a strip of paper or cardboard in it to see how it looks like once it dries.

  • Blend each ingredient as long as needed until you obtain a sort of puree.

  • Strain until you extract as much liquid as possible.

  • Wait for the liquid to cool down completely, pour it into containers, and refrigerate.

Bonus: Soluble ingredients

What you’ll need:

  • Soluble coffee (brown)
  • Turmeric (yellow)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Water
  • Pour half a teaspoon of each ingredient into a teaspoon of hot water. If you want darker shades, add more of the same ingredient.

  • Add 6 teaspoons of powdered sugar and mix until the ingredients are well combined.

  • Wait for it to cool down and store it in the refrigerator to preserve.

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