Miscellaneous Art Recipes

Noodle Dye I

(for Noodle Beads and Collages)

1-pint Pasta or Rice
2 tsp. Food coloring
3 tsp. Rubbing alcohol

Mix food coloring and rubbing alcohol together in a container. Add the pasta and cover with lid. Slowly shake the container, making sure you cover all the pasta with color. Spread the pasta on the cookie sheet in a single layer. Allow drying for several hours.

Noodle Dye II

Glass quart jar
Noodles of choice
1/4 Cup Rubbing alcohol
Food coloring

Put noodles in jar, add alcohol and food coloring to desired vibrancy. Turn gently to color. Lay out on paper towels and let alcohol evaporate.

Sand Coloring

Fine sand
Food coloring
Paper cups
Plastic spoons

Fill paper cups half full with sand. Next, add water to cups to completely cover sand. Add food coloring to get the desired color. Stir with plastic spoon and let set for 15 minutes. Pour off water, spoon sand onto paper towels and spread the sand out to dry.

Colorful Creative Salt

Food Coloring
5 to 6 drops
1/2 Cup Salt

Add food coloring to salt. Stir well. Cook in microwave for 1-2 minutes or spread on waxed paper and let air dry. Store in an airtight container. Use, as you would glitter.

Fruit Flavored Stamps

1 Tbsp. Fruit-flavored gelatin mix (with sugar)
2 Tbsp. Hot water
pictures cut from magazines, mailings, old posters, etc.

Place the gelatin in a small bowl. Add water and stir until dissolved. While the “stamp glue” is still warm, spread onto the back of paper with fingers or a brush. The stamps may take several hours to dry. If they curl, flatten them by placing the dry stamps between the pages of a heavy book. When ready to use, lick the back of the stamp and stick it to paper.

Funny Face Make-up

2 tsp. White shortening
5 tsp. Cornstarch
1 tsp. White flour
4 drops Glycerin
Food coloring
2 1/2 tsp. of unsweetened cocoa (optional)

In a small bowl, mix shortening, cornstarch, and white flour. Add four drops of glycerin. Stir to a creamy consistency. Add any food coloring that you wish.

Clown Paint

1/4 tsp. Powdered tempera paint
1/8 Cup Baby lotion
1 squirt Liquid dishwashing soap

Mix all ingredients. Easily removed by soap and water.

Rock Playdough aka “Treasure Rocks”

1 cup flour
1 cup used coffee grounds
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand
3/4 cup water

1.  Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
2.  Slowly add water and knead until the mixture is the consistency of bread dough.
3.  Break off a piece of dough and roll it into the size of a baseball.
4.  Make a hole in the center of the ball big enough to hide treasures in.
5.  Fill the hole with treasures and seal with some extra dough.
6.  Let your treasure stone air dry for 2-3 days or until hard or bake in the oven on a cookie sheet at 150 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Charcoal Garden

You will need:
6 Charcoal briquettes
1/4 c. bluing (found in the laundry area of stores)
1/4 c. salt
1/4 c. ammonia and food coloring (red, yellow, blue, green)

1. Place 6 briquettes in an aluminum pie tin. Place food coloring drops on briquettes as follows (if you wish); One color on each of four briquettes, (1st Red, 2nd Blue, 3rd, Yellow, 4th Green)  all 4 colors on the 5th briquette, and no colors on the 6th briquettes.
2. Pour the combination of bluing, salt, and ammonia over all of the briquettes.
3. In a day or so, colorful sprouts will form and soon you will have a garden!
4. To keep the garden growing, pour a new mixture over the garden every 2 days

Lick and Stick

2 Tbsp cold water
1 pkg unflavored gelatin
3 Tbsp boiling water
1/2 tsp corn syrup
A few drops of a flavored extract
Pictures from magazines or pictures you’ve drawn on paper, cut out

Pour cold water into a small bowl and sprinkle unflavored gelatin over it.  With a fork, whisk in boiling water and stir until dissolved.  Add corn syrup and flavored extract.  Cut out any picture or paper, and with a paint brush apply a thin layer of the solution onto the back of the picture.  Let dry. When ready, lick and stick!

** Note**  This recipe will gel, to return the mixture to a liquid for reuse, spoon into a jar and place jar in a bowl of hot water.

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