FAVORITE RECIPES FOR ART MATERIALS

Nonhardening No-Cook Play Dough

2 cups self rising flour
2 T. alum
2 T. salt
2 T. cooking oil
1 cup, plus 2 T. boiling water

Mix and knead.



Salt Paint

1/3 cup salt
1/4 tsp. food coloring

Spread in pan to dry before putting in shakers.



Cooked Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 T. vegetable oil
2 tsp. cream of tartar

Heat until ingredtents form ball, add food coloring.



Potter’s Clay

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup salt dissolved in 3 3/4 cups of boiling water

Blend flour and cornstarch with enough water to make paste. Boil water and salt. Add to cornstarch mix and cook until clear. Cool overnight then add 6 to 8 cups of flour and knead until you have the right consistency.

NOTE: Keep a metal salt shaker full of flour handy for the children to keep their clay from sticking.



Iridescent Soap Bubbles

1 cup of water (hard or soft)
2 T. Iiquid detergent
1 T. glycerine
1/2 tsp. sugar

Mix all ingredients.



Finger Paint

2/3 cup elastic dry starch
1 cup cold water
3 cups boiling water
1 cup Ivory Soap Flakes
oil of cloves, a few drops (preservative) calcimine pigment or vegetable coloring

Dissolve elastic starch in cold water. Smooth lumps and add boiling water. Stir constantly. Thicken but do not boil more than one minute. Add rest of ingredients (hot or cold). Use oil glazed paper, newsprint, or wrapping paper.



Sugar Flour Paste

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 qt. water (2 cups cold /2 cups hot)
1 T. powdered alum
3 drops of oil of cloves

Mix flour and sugar together. Slowly stir in 1 cup of water. Bring remainder to boil and add the mixture to it, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir (1/2 hr. in a double broiler) until fairly clear. Remove from heat and add oil of cloves. Makes 1 quart of paste. Paste keeps a long time. Keep moist by adding small piece of wet sponge to top of small jar of paste.



Bookbinder’s Paste

1 tsp. flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. alum (powdered)
1/3 cup water

Mix dry ingredients. Add water slowly, stirring out lumps. Cook in a double boiller over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when paste begins to thicken; it will thicken more as it cools. Keep covered. Thin with water when necessary.



Sand Paint

1/2 cup sand (washed, dried, and sifted)
1 T. powder paint

Shake onto surface brushed with watered glue.

NOTE: Empty film cannisters or small plastic bottles make excellent containers.



Soap Paint

1 1/2 cups soap flakes
1 cup hot or warm water

Whip with an eggbeater until stiff.



Play Dough Recipe

Below is a play dough recipe similar to the commercial type and more durable. Keep in a plastic bag or closed container when not being used.

1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
1 T. of oil
1 T. alum
1/2 cup salt
2 T. vanilla
food coloring for desired intensity

Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and color. Divide into balls and work in color by kneading.

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