Soap painting is great fun for kids because it is such a tactile and visual experience, learning how to make soap paint is really easy with this simple soap paint recipe.
There are a variety of paints available on the commercial market but soap paint is especially fun because it offers a bubbly, light feel to it that is different than the typical paints purchased at the stores. Soap paint also does not have the harsh chemicals in it that store bought paints can have so soap paint is a bit more eco-friendly.
Paint purchased at the store can be very costly but soap paint made at home is a great economical way to obtain art supplies at a fraction of the cost. Plus the process of learning how to make soap paint at home is an added learning experience for kids and a great way for a parent and child to work on an activity together.
Kids love to paint and enjoy expressing their creative side, the ingredients needed for this soap paint recipe can most likely be found in the home kitchen.
The ingredients and supplies needed to make the soap paint are as follows: ½ cup liquid detergent, 2 tablespoons of liquid starch, paper to paint on, food coloring, baby jars, a beater, mixing bowl, spoon and newspaper to cover the work area.
The process on how to make soap paint is as follows: Mix the detergent and liquid starch in the mixing bowling using the beater. When the mixture is about the consistency of frosting, it is ready for food coloring.
Place the soap paint into the baby jars and add a different food coloring to each jar and mix. This is also an opportunity to experiment with color mixing and by mixing different food colorings together, will produce a new set of colors.
Use a paintbrush, fingers, an old toothbrush, sponge or an old rag to apply the paint on to the paper, this makes the painting more interesting. If the soap paint thickens too much just add more starch to thin down the paint.
Allow the soap painting to lie flat on the newspaper and give an extended amount of time for the soap painting to dry.
Soap painting can be even more fun when a variety of papers are used such as rough or bumpy paper, paper toweling, cardboard or even sandpaper can used as a unique painting surface.
Kids of all ages can enjoy soap painting, allowing a child to express themselves through an artistic medium is important for building self esteem and confidence plus painting also helps with developing the fine motor skills.