Watercolors are such a versatile medium and I LOVE them. This time we used the liquid watercolors which I think is a bit easier for this project, but the cake variety work as well. For salt painting you will need table salt, white glue, watercolors and thick paper (I used watercolor paper because it was what we had on hand, but I have used mat board and even cardboard works well). Family Fun magazine is wonderful and has so many amazing ideas, including this one.
Have the kids squeeze a design that they like onto the board with white glue. Simple shapes, and designs seem to work the best for this project. Once their design is complete, shake table salt over the entire piece. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of salt, you want to make sure the salt covers all sides of the glue. Tap off the excess salt into a tray, to use again.
Now let the magic begin! Gently touch the tip of your wet paint brush to the salt. No matter how many times my kids do this they are amazed to watch the watercolor spread up the salt. Try not to “disturb” the glue by dragging your paint brush.
Once the glue is completely dry, your painting will sparkle beautifully. Unfortunately this project might not be well suited for the keepsake box since it does tend to flake off after a while, so take lots of cute pictures. Just remember art is often about the process and letting kids explore a new medium not always the end result.
This one is still wet. Beautiful!
After the project dries over night, it should look similar to this. I love the results!