Saturday, July 30, 2011

Salty Watercolor Painting

This was a guest post over at Moms by heart and I just wanted to repost it for those who didn't get a chance to see it! Cassie loved this Salty Watercolor Painting when she was a young 3 year old and still loves it each time we revisit this process! All you need for this activity is salt, white glue, watercolors, brush, and stiff cardboard or matte board. (a piece of cereal box would work too!)

First, draw an image with glue on cardboard. We used a scrap of matte board. Cassie chose to draw a person and my image was more Abstract.

Next, sprinkle salt over the wet glue drawing and coat all of the glue.  It helped to use a spoon to cover the whole drawing.

After the drawing is covered in salt,  gently shake off the salt or tap the edge of the cardboard on your table covered with newspaper.  It will look like a sparkly "raised" drawing at first!  ***Note: The glue does not need to be dry!  The next step can be done immediately!

The fun part comes next,  take a paintbrush dipped in water and mix it into one section of watercolor paint and gently touch the tip of the brush to any part of the salty drawing.  The watercolors slowly seep into the salt drawing.  SO COOL to watch this magic happen!

Keep adding different colors and wash brush between colors.  Lovely!

Here is Mom's more Abstract Salty Watercolor Painting on black matte board.

We definitely both had FUN!

Be sure to check out my post on Glue Printing here.
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  1. This is great! I can't wait to introduce this technique to my own girls. Thansk for sharing : )

  2. It looks very magical and bright - perfect for the underwater theme I still want to make. Thanks!

  3. She did an excellent job. My son will like doing this!

  4. oh, this looks so fun! :) must try this w/my girls. I know they would enjoy it - we just did painting within a large cube of ice & they loved watching the colors seep so this would be neat to watch.

    Would love for you to share this & any other ideas you would like to link-up on the sunday showcase -

  5. This is such a great exploratory art lesson- it turned out beautiful! Thank you for sharing this idea with us on The Sunday Showcase!

  6. Oh wow these are great, looks like a lot of fun and I've not done it before.