Painting with Red Cabbage Paint

Painting with Red Cabbage Paint

Last night while I was preparing for my lesson, I discovered the fun of painting with red cabbage juice. How delightful! It could be changed back and forth from pink to blue with some green in between. I wanted to share some of my recipe experiments with you.


1/4 head red cabbage

1 cup water

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 Tbsp baking soda

Blend 1/4 head of red cabbage with 1 cup water in a food processor. Boil the water and the cabbage in the microwave (If you don’t have a microwave just use the stove top.) When it comes to a boil remove it from the heat and let it cool for ten minutes. Strain out the cabbage chunks through a coffee filter or small strainer. The liquid should be purple. If you don’t have red cabbage in your area the same chemical is in apple skins, plums, poppies, cornflowers, and grapes. Do the same thing with about 2 cups of one of these items.

Invisible Paint:

Mix 1 Tbsp baking soda and 1/2 cup warm water. Use this as invisible paint. Mix 1 cup red cabbage juice and 2 Tbsp white vinegar, and paint over the baking soda mix on the picture.

Feeling Blue to Tickled Pink Paint:

Add 2 tablespoon of Baking soda to one cup of red cabbage mix (It will be blueish). In a separate bowl, pour in half a cup of white vinegar. First have the children paint the dark sad caggage blue color on their page. Then with a bowl of vinegar, allow them to paint on top of the cabbage juice paint. See how the colors change from blue/green to red/pink. It works both if the blue cabbage juice is wet or if it is dry.