Waterbased Paint Recipe

How to make Waterbased Paint

Making waterbased paint is a much easier process than most people imagine. If you already have basic tools such as a palette knife and a clean flat surface: you can experiment by making small batches of paint. Depending on what sort of waterbased paint you want to make, you will need a vehicle of your choosing (acrylic emulsion, egg yolk, casein or any kind of watercolor binder).

It doesn't really matter which pigment you start with, although you might want to choose an economical earth pigment, to minimize your initial investment and because earth pigments are easier to work with than the mineral pigments.

Making water based paints, starts the same way as the oil paint. Place a small amount of pigment onto a flat non-porous surface.
With the palette knife, make a small crater in the pigment.
Next, pour a small amount of water into the pigment mound.
With the palette knife, carefully fold the pigment into the water. Applying pressure with the palette knife, helps break up any sort of pigment lumps. With really difficult pigments, add a few drops of a dispersing agent such as oxgall or rubbing alcohol.
For a good even dispersion, use a muller to force the pigment into suspension.
Once the pigment and water have been mulled out into a smooth pigment paste, the pigment is ready to be added to any sort of waterbased paint binder. These paints include acrylic, egg tempera, casein, watercolors, and gouache. This pigment paste can also be used to tint concrete or plaster.
If you are making acrylic paints, this would be the point at which you mix in the acrylic emulsion.
Combine an equal amount of acrylic emulsion to an equal part of color paste (pigment and water mixture). This paint is ready to go and can be used just like any pre-made acrylic paint.