How to make your own non-toxic powder for powder paint photography

non-toxic powder paint
non-toxic powder paint

You know how you always see these beautiful photos with powder flying everywhere and the sun shining perfectly in the background. When I saw one of those photo’s I thought – wow I want that. Problem is, most of the powders are toxic. But as always, I am nothing if not persistent. I started researching non-toxic powder. After some experimenting I finally found the perfect recipe for a non-toxic, toddler proof powder. So, ladies, for those of you as obsessed with these gorgeous photos as I am, this is what you do.

Non-toxic powder paint (toddler proof)
You will need:
  • 500g Cornflower
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Foil
  • Oven pan
Directions:

Empty to cornflower into the mixing bowl and mix it with water, I started off with one cup of water and added more as necessary. At first it is going to feel like you are just making solid clumps of cement but as you add the water the mixture will get a runny consistency. When you dip your hand/spoon in there it is going to feel hard but if you lift the spoon it will be a paste. Add one bottle (25ml) of your desired food colouring and mix well.
Leave it to dry – this takes about 3 – 4 days. Once dried (you will see cracks on top) line an oven pan with foil, break the mixture into clumps and pop it into the oven on 100°c with the oven door open for 60 minutes. Basically, until it has dried out properly. Take the mixture and throw it into a food processor, process until you have a fine powder. Afterwards, run it through a sift to clear any left-over clumps and there you go – non-toxic powder.

This was our end results thanks to the amazingly talented Lizelle Krige! We really couldn’t have chosen a better photographer for this project!

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

non-toxic powder paint

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