This is my recipe for homemade primer paint…when you need primer in a pinch do this instead! Don’t you just hate it when you have all the ingredients to do something EXCEPT for one? I know, it’s a total bummer!
Well, this happened to me not too long ago when I was attempting to spruce up a big mason jar with shabby chic paint…I had everything BUT primer. I have heard a few people say you don’t or they didn’t use it but I always feel like it is a good idea.
Anyway long story short, I needed a basic coat of primer and a little research told me how to come up with a batch that has all the essential components. Now I will share that recipe with you today.
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All of these are things you’re pretty familiar with:
8 oz/1 cup of water
Mod Podge or white craft glue
White acrylic paint
Storage container with fitted lid
You may want to get yourself a dust mask (very timely suggestion, what with this health crisis and all?), as i have heard that talcum powder may cause a little irritation for a small segment of the population. I didn’t, but that is up to you.
Mix the Glue and Water
This is going to be very similar to the approach for making your own decoupage glue – another gem I’ve discovered when you run out of the “real thing”! I’ve got a half-empty bottle of a knockoff brand of Mod Podge. It will work perfectly for this project!
I am going to pour the water into it. Shake it up to mix the contents. Pour into the container you have chosen. Stir together the glue/water mixture.
It will not be very thick (not much at first, anyway.) Now add the white paint (I’m using a “heavy body” acrylic artists’ type, which is a little thick, and will help make the mixture white as it should be – continue to mix the ingredients together.
Cornstarch is a natural thickening agent used in various cooking endeavors, like pudding, soup and stews. I also used it in the process of this clay recipe to thicken it – it’s a very commonplace ingredient and it will thicken your homemade primer, too.
You could also use baby powder, as cornstarch is one of the present ingredients (trouble is, it’s hard to measure due to the twisty cap and the fact that it has a little lingering fragrance, but it will work) Measure out the cornstarch and sprinkle it into your mixture.
Now, commence stirring…
You may want to add a little more than the amount suggested; after stirring for a few minutes if it’s still a little thin, go ahead and add a little more cornstarch. I did – sometimes you have to adjust your recipes . Keep on stirring…
It’s going to look something like this, with a consistency close to that of pancake batter. I took a plastic spoon and took a little dip and let it run back into the bowl to check for the right amount of thickness.
There you have it! Homemade primer paint ready to go when you need to do a base coat, protect a substrate, or ensure an even top coat.
Using and Storing Your Homemade Primer
Store in the container with the lid (may want to label it too,)We didn’t use anything perishable so it should keep plenty easily.
Use a brush or sponge applicator to apply it to your proposed object. It should dry naturally and quickly just like the store bought kind.
That’s it – that’s how you make homemade primer paint! Good luck!