Original Milk Paint

Recipe by dogsandwoods
READY IN: 30mins
YIELD: 2/3 gallon


  • 6
    ounces hydrated limes (or agricultural lime)
  • 12
    gallon skim milk
  • 4
    ounces linseed oil
  • 3
    lbs finely powdered Spanish white
  • powdered pigment (optional)


  • Put the lime into a bucket and add enough milk to make it the consistency of cream.
  • Add the oil, a small amount at a time, stirring the mixture with a wooden spatula or spoon.
  • Stir in the rest of the milk.
  • Strew the whiting gently over the surface of the mixture.
  • The whiting will gradually sink to the bottom of the bucket; it should then be well stirred into the mixture.
  • If you are making colored paint, stir in the powdered pigment last, a little at a time, until you get the desired color.
  • For best results, test this on a small area to determine if color is pleasing. Remember to go easy on the color as you can always darken the paint.
  • Adding additional lime will make this more opaque, but no directions are given.