Coloring With Food Coloring Experiment (Budget Watercolor Look)

Coloring With Food Coloring

Have you ever wanted to try watercolors but the budget won’t squeeze for a set or you are unsure if you would like the look?

You can achieve a water color look without buying anything fancy or expensive just by using Food coloring that you may have already on hand.

What You Will Need

I used Queen food coloring which is available in sets of little bottles from my local supermarket for a few dollars.

You will need a small palette tray or a little bowl for your food coloring.

You may also want to use an eye dropper to monitor how much liquid you add to the palette.

How To Use The Food Coloring

You can use the food coloring either straight from the bottle or diluted in water.   Adjust the water for how much color you want to achieve.

Using the Food Coloring

You can use a brush or waterbrush to brush on your food coloring.   If you want to layer the colors you will need it to dry in between.

Of course you should use watercolor paper for the best results as it is made for use with wet mediums.

As food coloring is not designed as an art product it is not lightfast.     But if you just want to have a good time and see if this is a medium for you practice first,  then you can invest in watercolors at a later date.

The illustration I used was a free coloring page created by Christine Aldridge which you can obtain from her Facebook page here.

Happy coloring x


About the author


I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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