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Follow these instructions to learn how to make our very own liquid watercolour paints out of old dried up markers!


  • – Dried out markers
  • – Glass jars with lids (baby food or mason jars work perfectly)
  • – Water


  1. Once you have separated your dried markers it’s now time to divide them into groups of like colours!
  • – red/pink/burgundy
  • – orange/yellow/peach
  • – green/teal
  • – blue/turquoise
  • – purple/lavender
  • – brown/black/grey
  1. Fill your jars with water (about an inch or two) and place the sorted markers into the jars.
  2. Set the jars aside for about a week. The water may evaporate a little, but your pigment won’t! Your colours will simply become more concentrated.
  3. After a week you can remove the markers and voilà your very own homemade watercolour paints!
  4. Store your DIY watercolour paint in airtight containers with the lids screwed on tightly!

*Don’t forget to share your completed project on Facebook or Instagram!
Tag @HomerWatsonHouse and #HomersStayAtHomeCamp.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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