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How To Make A Simple Eco-Friendly Flour Paint

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One of the simplest 'green' paint products you can use is one you can make yourself – flour paint. You can use flour paint on interior surfaces - dry wall, wood, and even wallpaper. The good news is your don't have to be exact when you mix it. You can experiment with the ingredients to find a combination that will work best for your project. Be sure to double or triple the recipe to make as much as you will need for your project. With inexact measurements, it will be difficult mix the same color if you need more.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: An hour or so to thoroughly mix the paint

Here's How:

  1. To make 1 1/2 qts. of flour paint, use about a cup of wheat flour. It's economical and can be found at your local grocery. The next ingredient is a cup of screened clay filler which is available at local craft or art supply stores. The clay is available in many colors and provides the color of the paint. While you are at the craft store, pick up another half cup of powder filler like mica. The final ingredient is water - approximately 5 1/2 cups.
  2. Mix the cup of wheat flour with 2 cups of cold water. Use an old whisk to remove ALL the lumps. Yep, I said ALL of them!
  3. In a large pot, boil 1 1/2 of water. When the water reaches the boiling point, add the lump-free flour water
  4. Turn down the heat and, stirring constantly, cook until the mixture becomes a thick paste. Remove from the heat.
  5. Gradually add 2 cups of water, stirring (more stirring!) to dilute the paste.
  6. In a separate bowl (not your best one, but the old chipped one in the back of the cupboard), combine the colored clay with the powder filler.
  7. Add this clay-powder combination to the flour mix and guess what? Stir! Stir until the paint is the thickness you want.
  8. Flour paint can be thick and is hard on brushes. So don't plan to use them again for another project. Because it is thick, your brush stokes will be very evident with the first coat, but you can smooth with a damp sponge when the paint begins to dry.

    Using flour paint is an eco-friendly, non-toxic way to paint your home. You can experiment with colors, textures and applications to get the results you want. And best of all, it's budget friendly.

Tips:

  1. Use right away! It is made of natural food products, so handle as such
  2. Clean all the surfaces you are going to paint before you start.
  3. Don't buy the best brushes for this project. A multi-brush package from the discount store is fine.

What You Need:

  • 1 c. wheat flour
  • 1 c. colored clay finely screened filler
  • 1/2 c. uncolored filler such as mica
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups of water
  • Old large pot
  • Wire whisk
  • Large bowl
  • Large damp sponge
  • Cheap brushes
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