Beet Juice Painting

I steamed farm beets for supper last week (a vegetable I'm learning to love) and saved the "juice" left in the bottom of the pan. I stored the juice, about 2/3 cup, in a glass jar in the fridge and pulled it out yesterday for the kids to paint with.

The kids also mixed up a yellow paint with 1/2 cup hot water and 1 tbsp tumeric mixed together. The resulting artwork is beautiful and my own art (photography) is inspired by my children's creativity.

For more natural painting inspirations check out one of our favorites, Berry Smudges and Leaf Prints by Ellen B. Senisi.

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  • renee

    renee on Aug. 7, 2008, 8:38 p.m.

    Thanks A. they were fun to paint and fun to take photos of. Isn't art just fun! Wish I could do it all day. And not have to pay bills, like I'm supposed to be doing right now.

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  • Dawna

    Dawna on Aug. 11, 2008, 9:22 p.m.

    Wanted to tell ya that I LOVE how inventive this is!!! I would never thought to use natural food coloring for painting. What a great way to help those with food coloring avoidances!!

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  • Greenstylemom

    Greenstylemom on Sept. 8, 2008, 2:10 p.m.

    I love, love, love this idea! Makes me want to go pull some beets in the garden just to paint this afternoon.

    Gotcha for the MIFS blog carnival tomorrow. Would love a link! Thanks!

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  • A Magical Childhood

    A Magical Childhood on July 21, 2009, 6:16 p.m.

    Lovely pictures! We use beet juice for natural food coloring but we've never painted with it. I just poured some off the beets we cooked from the farmers' market last night and felt guilty draining off that fabulous bright pink stuff! :) I was thinking of dyeing something with the kids with it but this would be nice and easy. We're headed to the farmers' market again today and I was planning on getting more beets anyway. Now I have to restock the turmeric.... Thanks for the lovely inspiration! ~Alicia

    A Magical Childhood's last blog post... Homemade Fruit Roll-ups!

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