Tempera paint is the most popular painting medium for kids crafts use.
According to Wikipedia Tempera, also known as egg tempera, is a permanent fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with a water-soluble binder medium.
This ancient material is long lasting, non-toxic, inexpensive and cleans up easily with soap and water. It's also known as poster paint.
Tempera is extremely versatile, it can be mixed with water or liquids - such as glue, and added to other materials including modeling clay, plaster, dough etc.
Because it is fast drying, it's great for painting layers creating different effects. Pastels, charcoal, crayons, pencils and markers can be used either on the top, bottom or in between various layers.
Powdered paint can also be used in various color mixing science experiments and paint recipes.
Tempera is inexpensive to buy. It comes in both liquid or powder form. Powdered paint can be much more economical especially if you are buying it online.
The powder tubs will cost less in freight than the heavier liquid bottles of pre-mixed paint. In contrast to liquid color, the powder has an unlimited shelf life and requires little storage space.
Tempera powder is easy to mix. You can mix as little or as much as you need when you need it.
As a time saver - pre-mix paint and store in refillable tubes or other sealable containers.
There is no ratio rules for mixing the powder into a liquid or modeling material. For the purpose of kids arts and crafts use, mixing it with water or glue and use a ration of 1 to 1.
If the resulting texture doesn't fit your needs, you can always add more powder or more water.
Kids painting at a tableUse this easy-to apply texture.
Add water to powder and mix into a smooth consistency.
For toddlers learning how to paintThis recipe gives a much thinner texture, and is therefore easier to handle for very young children.
Add water to paint and mix into a smooth consistency.
Painting sculptures, paper mache, wood, glass, cardboard or using an easelThe texture is quite thick, a bit more difficult to handle, but stays well on cardboard etc.
Add water or glue to paint and mix into a smooth consistency.
You could also mix traditional tempera powder with egg yolk. This makes a thick glossy paint that's easy to apply to paper, wood, cardboard, plastic or grass. Once dried it does not flake or smell.
Top Tips for Saving Paint:
When purchasing tempera paint from discount stores, or at any craft supply outlet (including the internet), ensure that the label states that it is non-toxic and that it conforms to the applicable standards for your region.
When mixing the powder, do so either outdoors or in a well ventilated area. Avoid breathing in the powder dust.Even though the powder itself is non-toxic, the dust may cause coughing and may even damage your lungs if breathed for a prolonged amount of time.
Powered paint is so easy to clean. It easily wipes off surfaces and washes off skin with soap and water. To prevent stains soak or wash clothes immediately after use.
See my best Clean Up tips for tips and tricks on reducing the mess and making the clean up easier.