Recipe for Clay Paint or Alis

This very simple recipe for do-it-yourself paint will allow you to add texture, color and depth to you wall finishes that plain paint from a can never could accomplish.
By Bill and Athena Steen
April/May 2001

Making your own paint offers a chance for creativity and personal involvement in wall finishes.
PHOTO: BILL STEEN


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This very simple recipe for do-it-yourself paint will allow you to add texture, color and depth to you wall finishes that plain paint from a can never could accomplish. This paint recipe is a companion piece to "The Beauty of Bales."

Step 1 MAKING A STARCH PASTE 

Add 1 part white flour to 2 parts cold water, and set aside. Boil 1 1/2 parts water. When boiling, add the above mixture of flour and cold water.

Turn heat to low, continue to cook until the mixture thickens. Continually stir the bottom to prevent burning.

Step 2 MAKING THE PAINT 

For every 1 part starch paste, dilute with 2 parts water. That will make the paste liquid enough to permit adding the other ingredients.

Next, add enough colored clay or white kaolin clay with pigments to achieve a consistency that will spread easily with a brush. It is difficult to describe, but we look for a mixture that will cover in two coats. The right consistency will be like thick cream. Mica can be added to simulate clays that have naturally occurring mica. Fine (screened) chopped straw can also be added. If adding either or both, add less clay since the mica and straw will also thicken the mix.

Step 3 APPLICATION AND POLISHING 

Apply with a brush; when the paint has set but is still moist, use a damp (not wet) tile sponge to polish the surface, removing excess dust and revealing the straw and mica. A plastic lid with the edges cut off can also be used as a flexible scraper to further polish the surface.








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