Did you know that you can make paint in your very own home? In this experiment, make a glorious painting using only ingredients from your kitchen cabinet and refrigerator.
Using everyday ingredients and tools from your kitchen cabinet, embark on a hands-on process that prompts you to ask questions, mix compounds, and analyze materials like a scientist at the Museum.
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- 1 egg
- 1 egg carton
- Several teaspoons of water
- Colorful spices like turmeric and paprika
- A small plastic bag
- Notebook or piece of paper
- First, search your kitchen cabinets for colorful spices like turmeric for yellow and paprika for red. Add a small amount of each spice to your egg carton palette.
- For colors that are harder to find like blue, you can ground up a piece of chalk in a plastic bag with the back of a spoon. Once it turns to a powder, add a spoonful to your egg carton.
- Next, crack an egg and separate the yolk from the white. Mix just the yolk in a bowl and add a few teaspoons of water.
- To paint, load your brush with a bit of egg and dip it into one of your substitute pigments. Apply it to the paper, and create your masterpiece!
Which pigment was easiest for you to work with? Why do you think that is?
If you’d like, you can take the activity a step further and experiment with other kitchen ingredients to make new pigments. There are endless combinations!
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Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement, ca. 1440
Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian, ca. 1406–1469).
Tempera on wood, 25 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (64.1 x 41.9 cm).
Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.19)
Madonna and Child, ca. 1326
Simone Martini (Italian, Siena, active by 1315–died 1344 Avignon).
Tempera on wood, gold ground, Overall 23 1/8 x 15 1/2 in. (58.7 x 39.4 cm); painted surface 22 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (57.2 x 38.2 cm).
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.12)
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