How Do You Make Organic Paint?

What You'll Need
1 cup flour (wheat flour is the most common, but any type of grain flour will work)
5 1/2 cups cold water
1 cup screened clay filler (in a shade of your choosing to provide color), obtained from a craft supply store
1/2 cup additional powder filler (such as limestone, chalk, silica, mica or marble), obtained from a craft supply store

For many who enjoy eco-friendly products, it is ideal to make organic paint as opposed to using commercial brands that are not environmentally friendly.  There are several types of organic paint you can choose. The most common is Flour Paint.

Step 1 – Combine Flour Water

Whisk 2 cups of cold water into the flour, beating the mixture until all lumps are removed. 

Step 2 – Heating Process

Heat 1½ cups water. When water is at a boil, add the flour/water mixture and stir. Set heat to low and continue stirring until a thick paste has formed. Remove from heat.

Step 3 – Dilute Mixture

Use the remaining 2 cups of water to dilute the thick paste. Carefully stir in the water in small increments until it is mixed thoroughly and formed a smooth blend.

Step 4 – Add Fillers

Use a separate bowl to combine the screened clay filler with the powder filler. Mix and stir the filler blend into the flour paste. Continue stirring until all the components are well blended and the finished paint product is smooth and lump-free.

The completed mixture yields 1½ quarts of paint.

Step 5 - Apply

When you have made your paint, it is important to use it immediately, as it is a natural food-based product and subject to decomposition as any other foods are. However, because of the use of powder fillers, be sure to keep the paint away from children.

Since flour paint tends to be quite thick, traditional rollers do not work well for application. The method is to use a wide, flat brush. You will likely go through many of them to complete your project, so choose relatively inexpensive ones. Brushes will leave clear lines, though you can smooth them with a damp cloth or sponge when the paint begins to dry.

This is a versatile paint that can be used on many interior surfaces, including walls, wallpaper and even wood. The measurements do not have to be exact; depending on what you intend to paint, you can experiment with the mixture until you find the ideal combination for your project. Just be sure to double or triple your paint batch to ensure you have enough of the exact shade of paint.