Safe paints to use for making a dog paw print

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Let Fido express his creative side and help him make a paw print painting. With plenty of old newspapers to protect your floor, a piece of art paper and a willing participant, you could have a picture worth framing. The paint Fido walks through has to be non-toxic.

To be on the safe side, don't let him eat the paint or lick it off himself. You may need to include bath time as a final step to this potentially messy project.

Water Color

Water colour paints such as those used by artists can be used for your dog's paw print. Use a small amount of the pigment and mix it with enough water that the result is the same consistency as water.

Non-Toxic Acrylic Paint

Non-toxic acrylic paint can be found in a craft store. Use it straight from the bottle or add some water to change the intensity of the colour.

Milk Paint

Milk paint is made from organic products that comes as a powder and needs to be mixed with water before use.

Finger Paint

Finger and body paints can be found in toy stores and used straight from the container.

Vegetable Dye

A variety of vegetable dyes can be made at home and used as paint. For example, the water used to cook beets is an intense purple colour. Black tea steeped for 10 minutes will give you a beige colour.

Allow vegetable dyes to cool thoroughly before use to avoid burns. Dyes are more colour-fast than most paints, protect your work area from permanent stains or use them outside.