Making your own paint can be a fun and creative process. The recipes provided here have all been tested and approved.
Using them does, however, require a little handiwork and confidence in your manual skills.
Good cooks will have an advantage when making these paints, as they are accustomed to judging texture,
assessing consistency and adapting the amounts of ingredients used.
A few tips:
* Follow the recipes but feel free to adapt the amounts if the consistency seems off.
From one region or supplier to another, the ingredients (chalk powder, oil, pigments) can give different results.
* Paint textures should be creamy, neither too thick nor too liquid.
* Test the paint first on a plaster-painted board or on a hidden spot
(for example on the back of your furniture piece or the lower part of a wall, behind a door).
Let it dry and make sure you have achieved the desired color, texture and effect.
* Apply three to four coats of paint, regularly stirring the paint and letting each coat dry thoroughly (minimum 12 hours).
* Natural paint is ideal for decorative effects. Do not apply in straight lines with a brush or roller.
* Use good-quality natural pigments. They offer subtle, long-lasting tones and cover more surface area.
Which paint is the easiest to make?
By far, cottage cheese paint.
The ingredients are easy to find, and the never-fail recipe is simple to make.
Provides good training for the milk paint recipe.
How can I dye the paints?
Natural, mineral-based or organic pigments are perfect for these natural paint recipes.
The most common pigments are ochres, which range from pale yellow to bright red, and Siennas, which have browner tones.
Organic pigments are also natural, originating from plant extracts (madder, indigo, pastel), shells (purple) or insects (cochineal).
If you cannot find the appropriate pigment, you can use gouache or oil-based paint.
How do I make white or light-colored paints?
Add titanium white pigment or titanium dioxide to your recipe.
Titanium white is non-toxic - as opposed to lead white, used by painters until the 19th century - and will yellow less than zinc white.
Mix your titanium white with high-quality linseed oil, which will prevent yellowing.
For lighter tones, add a little pigment to the paint.
Do these paints produce any unpleasant odors?
Recurring question :-) !
Potato paint can produce a mild, not unpleasant "mashed potato" scent.
Milk paint emits a sour milk odor, but it is bearable and disappears when the paint is dry.
Whitewash paint produces no particular odor other than that of chalk.
Suggestion: Add a few drops of lemon, tea tree, sweet orange or lavender Essential Oil for a pleasant fragrance during the painting process.