Corn Syrup Paint

Painting with a batch of Corn Syrup Paint will result in a picture that dries with a shiny gloss. The sugar in the corn syrup is what gives this paint craft project its glossy effect. When you're done, your picture will look like it's still wet.

This technique can be especially good for undersea pictures, pictures of lizards or reptiles, and fashion designs.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Corn syrup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Food coloring
  • Clean plastic egg carton
  • Heavyweight white paper
  • Black crayon
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: To make the paint, mix one tablespoon of corn syrup with five or six drops of food coloring in a section of the empty egg carton. Repeat with the other colors of food coloring, keeping each paint mixture in a separate egg carton section.

Step 3: Using a black crayon, draw a design with thick outlines on a piece of heavyweight white paper. If you draw a baseball player, outline his pants, shirt, arms, and head with thick black crayon lines.

Step 4: Color in each section with the corn syrup paint; don't let the colors touch one another across the black lines.

This homemade paint is also great for drawing a jack-o-lantern or Christmas tree. Since the paint is so shiny, it will seem like your pictures are all lit up.

You can use your corn syrup paint in all kinds of other paint crafts, including the Poster Redesign project on the next page.