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How to make paint out of things already in your kitchen
The first painters didn’t have vibrant and smooth oil paints. Instead, the earliest human works of art we know of were made using a mixture of powder from rocks, dirt, bone or other minerals and egg or another wet substance.
According to Google Arts & Culture, tens of thousands of years ago humans used natural elements around them to make paint, which allowed them to leave artwork on rocks and in caves. Their artwork is a clue to what life might have been like 20,000 years ago.
To make your own paint today, you don’t need to grind up any rocks or bones for color pigment. Instead, in this recipe adapted from WikiHow, we’ll add food coloring after experimenting with mixing dry powders and water to make a paint-like substance.
What you need:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring