- Sargent Art Art-Time Washable Tempera Paint
- Karo Light Corn Syrup
- Any dish you wouldn't mind being stained for experimentation. :]
The black tempera paint came from my local walmart and costs a little bit under $1.50 for that bottle. Corn syrup comes in many sizes, this one was a 16oz. leftover bottle that I had. I believe it is less than $5 for the 32oz so this one may be closer to $3. Depending on how much yo are making, you may only have to spend about $10 to get a couple of bottles of the black paint and one bottle of corn syrup.
As far as the mixture, its obviously not set in stone because it depends on how thick or runny you will personally want it, but for it to come out like slimy goo I put about 1/4 of the paint, about 1/8 C of the corn starch (I used very little, I just wanted to make sure that the paint stayed shiny) and a SPLASH of water from the faucet to bring down the thickness of the corn syrup.
Just start with the paint and add water and corn syrup as desired until you get the feeling that you want. Keep in mind that the paint all ready comes out a little bit thick, so when you're using the corn syrup, think of it only as something to retain shininess, not necessarily as a thickening agent because it can easily get out of control, and then the black may not stick to the skin the way you want it to. Luckily, this project is so affordable I feel like you can buy enough to really play with it and get it right.
In the image below, the thick, black left strip was just the paint, the strip on the right is with the corn syrup. If you are trying to actually paint onto people, I would suggest not adding water and using a little less corn syrup because the corn syrup makes it sort of bead off like RainX. For the purpose of just pouring a large quantity like you see on his hands in the other photos, the original recipe worked well.
I also noticed that after mixing everything together, letting it settle allowed it to thicken up just a little bit. :] Hopefully, someone can get use out of this DIY and find some new creativity.