Before You Start
- Note that if you make this fingerpaint with liquid watercolors, it’s completely washable. If you use food coloring, the paint may stain the hands temporarily, and stains on clothes could be permanent.
- Have your little artist wear a smock, and lay down some newspaper or a drop cloth.
What You’ll Need
- Muffin tin
- Paper cupcake liners
- Aloe-vera gel
- Food coloring or liquid watercolors
- Fingerpaint paper (which is coated, for easy slip-and-slide painting) or any kind of paper (the photo shows poster board, for supersize art)
What You'll Do
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
- Mix a different color in each cup, using 1 tablespoon of aloe-vera gel and adding food coloring or liquid watercolors. Stir with a spoon or a craft stick until completely combined and the desired shade is reached. Add more color for richly colored or dark fingerpaints, less color for pastel fingerpaints. If you add too much color, lighten it up by adding more gel.
- The “painting” is easy—smear the gel fingerpaints onto the paper with your fingers.
- When dry, hang your artwork on the kitchen or bedroom wall—and be sure to set one aside to give to Grandma or a special neighbor.
- If you have leftover paint, nestle the cups in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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