water colors

Migration - movin' on

Make Some Water Colors
and
Paint a Picture

We’ve been fogged in for days!

While the eastern and middle parts of the country are being bombarded with winter, our Central California Valley is socked in with Tule fogs.  Dense Tule fogs! Dangerous, cold, gray, Tule fogs.  Talk about cabin fever! But…

We never have time to be bored at Nana’s.
There’s always something to do.

So. . . if it’s raining or snowing or foggy and you have to stay indoors, or if you’re just tired of all your toys and games today, ask a grown up to help you with some of our favorite things to do. They sure make the “nothing to do blues” go away quick around here.

A secret for Grandmas and Moms: You can buy a small bottle of glycerin at almost any pharmacy. Keep it on hand for rainy days. Add a few basic items from the kitchen and you can produce hours worth of fun!. It sure beats listening to the kids sing the “but… there’s nothing to do…” blues all day long.

Here’s what you’ll need for each color:

1 tablespoon of vinegar (either white or cider is OK)
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 tablespoon of corn starch
1/2 teaspoon Glycerin
1 teaspoon of water
2 drops of food coloring

Mix the vinegar and soda together in a little bowl; add the corn starch and glycerin when the soda stops foaming.  Stir in the water a little at a time, until your paint seems about the right thickness.  This makes about 1/4 cup of stuff.  Divide it into three or four little jars (baby food jars are perfect) and add about a drop of food color to each one.

We usually make red, yellow, blue and green.   You’ll  only need three primary colors: Red, Blue & Yellow
By mixing the primary colors you can make every other color you want.

  •  Blue + Red  = Purple
  •  Blue + Yellow = Green
  •  Red + Yellow = Orange

Mix ‘em up anyway you want. The possibilities are endless.

Now find some paper, a brush and have some fun!