Every room in my home is painted with this natural clay paint that's easy to make, economical, and gives my home a beautiful, soft, adobe-like look. I get compliments from all my guests!
drill with paint mixer attachment
fine sand (optional)
Make Flour Paste: Mix 2 cups cold water with 1 cup flour, then add to 6 cups of boiling water - stir until thick.
In a bucket miix 1 part flour paste: 1 part clay or natural earth pigment: 1 part fine sand
Note: Adding sand gives your wall more of an adobe look that's coarse to the touch. You can also leave this out and it is smooth to the touch.
The pigment used here is Emerald Green.
Important: the paint will dry ALOT lighter than what the color looks like in the bucket so it's best to paint a color swatch on the wall and let it dry to make sure you like the color before you paint the whole room.
Use paint mixer attachment in a drill to mix.
Step 3: Add water to desired consistency.
Step 4: Add Borax to prevent molding - 2-3 Tbsp./ gallon
Step 5: Paint on wall
I found that if you have sand in the mixture, you need to go old-school and use a brush - paint rollers don't really work. I liked to apply the strokes in a random assortment of directions. This gave it more of mottled, earthen-wall look that I liked.