Homemade Hues


Adult supervision required: liquids not for drinking

 Please read the procedure before beginning! After reading, please watch the video. Some activities require more time and cleanup than others. You also have the choice of performing these activities in a way that suits your needs.


  • 4 small powder containers
  • 2 brushes
  • Popsicle stick
  • Canvas
  • 2 sheets watercolor paper



  1. Remove the caps from your powder containers. Make sure not to spill any!
  2. Carefully fill each container of powder with water until the container is about half-full.
  3. Use your popsicle stick to mix the powder and water together very well. Each container should be a different color!
  4. Go ahead and paint! You can use the canvas and watercolor paper provided.


Science Behind It!

The colors on our clothes, walls, and objects don’t come from nowhere–they have to be made using natural materials! Even artificial (lab-produced) colors have to make their chemical ingredients from natural materials. Each color has been produced MANY different ways throughout history, some of which were/are harmful to humans and the environment.

(Source: https://www.webexhibits.org/pigments/intro/yellows.html)