Marian’s Mixing Tips

Today, we’d like to share some tips for mixing up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, and they’re coming straight from the creator herself, Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed).  So settle back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Tip 1 – Fluff Your Milk Paint

You got it – fluff that MMSMP with a fork to break up any clumps that may have formed in the pouch.  This also helps to blend all of the pigments together to help you get consistency in color.

Tip 2 – Mix THEN Prep 

Once you’ve mixed up your batch of MMSMP, let it sit while you go prep your piece.  You can get a full out tutorial on how to mix MMSMP here, and you can learn more about prep work here and here.  Giving your Milk Paint this rest period will allow the powder to absorb more of the water, and will result in a much creamier and smoother mix of paint.

Tip 3 – The String Test

How do you know if your MMSMP is mixed to the ideal consistency?  Marian suggests that your Milk Paint should run off a stir stick in a string or a ribbon for a few seconds when you pull it up out of the paint.  If it’s clumpy, you need to add a bit more water.  If it’s super drippy, then you need to add more powder.  It’s kind of like a biscuit recipe that calls for 4-6 tablespoons of water.  Sometimes you’ll need 4 while other days you may need all 6.  It depends on the weather, your altitude, the ingredients, etc.  Simply adjust as needed.

Tip 4 – Stir As You Paint

As you’re painting your project, make sure you give your MMSMP a stir every few brush strokes to maintain uniformity in color and consistency.  Some of our colors tend to separate more than others, like Boxwood.  We won’t go into the technicalities of why for this post, but just trust us – periodic stirring as you’re painting goes a long way in creating a consistent color!

Extra Tip – Use A Blender

If you want a super creamy mix of MMSMP, use a “paint dedicated” latte frother, immersion/stick blender, or even an actual blender.  Just make sure you only use your device for paint mixing and not making cappuccinos!

We hope that Marian’s Mixing Tips will help you in your next project.  It’s our pleasure to help you move mountains in your home.

2 thoughts on “Marian’s Mixing Tips

  1. Cheryl

    I used an electric mixture to mix the grain sack color. I agree letting the paint set creates a creamier product. I remixed a couple of times. I noticed that with my first batch, towards the last 1/3 of my mixture, (I made about a cup), red, yellow pigment streaks appeared on the painted surface. I tried to blend them in as I thought that perhaps a few stubborn grains of paint just did not get mixed. They were hard to cover up with grain sack. Sanding didn’t eliminate the streak.

    I had the same problem with every batch, across two different pouches . I think I had more streaks as I used the powder toward the bottom of the package. The second package created blue streaks too.

    Any suggestions ?

  2. Audra Young


    I have purchased your fabulous chalk paint and want to paint raw timber chairs and avoid chipping- I understand that there is a particular bonding agent I should use- please advise?


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