Food Coloring Paint

posted on: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

For those of you that missed it--last week I did a blog swap with Kim from Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. and Me. Our swaps have been kind of fun--each one has involved a "special" ingredient. The first week we had to make a project using either fabric or paper and this last project we needed to use food coloring.
Yes, I said food coloring.

I am going to let you in on a secret--I have been planning on doing a project with food coloring for awhile and this blog swap was the perfect time to get my butt in gear and do a tutorial using it.

So here's the skinny.

I have a Punk is a terror, a fact that we have already solidified. So taking him shopping is out of the question.

Many of my projects require paint and because I am not able to get to the store that often I have to improvise.

I have found that by taking paint and tinting it with food coloring I am able to get the color of my choice without risking a mental breakdown or child beating in public.

Yes, I spank him...and he laughs.

Bad kid.

See for yourself....
Isn't this lamp a beauty? hmmm?
The  ingredients of choice for this project include:

Paint (that you don't mind tinting)
food coloring
mixing bowl

This lamp, which I love, became the test subject for my little project.


For those of you that have ever visited my blog you may know that I have a strict policy when it comes to painting--I always use primer. Primer will not only become your best friend, but it will save you time, money, and lots of heart ache.

When it comes to primer I only use one brand, Kilz. It goes on thick, it doesn't bleed, and it makes any paint color stand out!

While the primer dried I  began to mix up my paint and food coloring.

I wanted a more subdued blue color so I only added six drops of food coloring. 
Once I added the food coloring I mixed my "color concotion together." Once I mixed it together I added a few additional drops to get the color I was desiring.

This number of "drops" will vary on how much paint your are tinting and the desired color you are wanting--so play around and have fun!

Once I had my desired color I then painted my lamp.

My camera battery died so I am short a few pictures (hate when that happens), as you can see in the photo  my lamp has a white glazed looked to it.

When the blue finished drying I took white acrylic paint (which you can get at any craft store) and I painted over the blue color. I then took a rag and gently wiped off the white paint which left a white glazed look in the cracks.

I thought it gave the lamp spunk.

Now go whip out the food coloring and get a crack-a-lackin'.



  1. This looks great! Wonderful idea!

  2. I LOVE this! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!

    I would love to have you link this up to my first link party--

  3. I love it. Such a thrifty tip. One can of white paint and food coloring can go a long way! I wonder if Cool-aid would work. Works for playdough. Now to get some white paint.

  4. Can you do it on paint for house walls?

  5. Can you do it on paint for house walls?

  6. nooo don’t do it for walls I made the dumb mistake of trying this in my bathroom and every time I showered the food coloring would bleed through . I would wipe it off and it would happen again . It took me so long to remove the paint. I had to send it and then end up using the paint Center because the food coloring just kept bleeding through. It’s probably a mistake on my behalf for doing it in the bathroom. Just be careful.


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