Salt and Watercolor Painting

This painting technique uses glue, salt and watercolor paints and creates some dramatic artwork! Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

 

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This salt and watercolor painting activity has three stages:

  • Make a design with glue
  • Sprinkle salt over the glue
  • Drop watercolor paint over the salt and glue

To prepare for the activity I taped some black card down to a cookie sheet, then provided F with some white glue. He is too young to try making an actual design, but older children could draw a design on the card first, then trace over it with the glue.Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

 

Then I gave him the salt container. And stepped back to take photos. I *think* he got enough salt! No harm done, though, I just tipped off the excess and there wasn’t even any mess thanks to the cookie sheet containing all the salt.Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

 

To paint the salt I gave F some undiluted liquid watercolors and some plastic pipettes (eyedroppers). I knew that F would particularly like the opportunity to play with the pipettes! He didn’t have great direction with adding the paint, but we got there in the end.Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

His finished artwork was a little on the messy side…

Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

… but after it had dried and I had shaken the excess salt off, it looked very pretty!

Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

I made a salt and watercolour painting too!

Salt and Watercolor Painting - a great art technique for kids to try!

Because of the crumbly nature of the salt this technique doesn’t result in long-lasting artwork, but this fun painting method is definitely one we’ll be revisiting!

 

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