Thursday, January 28, 2010

Frost Paint

So, now that you have made our wonderful bath salts, you are probably wondering what else you can do with the rest of your Epsom Salts. Well, here is a fun craft for you and the kids.
Frost Paint! Give winter pictures a frosty, icy effect!
What you need:
  • boiling water
  • Epsom Salts
  • colored paper

Mix equal parts of boiling water and Epsom Salts in a glass (1/4 cup of each should be plenty). Stir until the salts are dissolved and let cool.

Now have your child draw a winter picture on colored paper. The crystals show up better on darker paper. We also found that colored computer paper worked better that construction paper, but both had interesting effects. Use crayons, colored pencils or permanent markers.

Now liberally paint the picture with your frost paint. It works best when the paper is a little puddly

If possible, don't paint all the way to the edge of the paper. It will help keep your paper from curling as it drys.

Let your picture dry. Have the kids check on it periodically. Crystals will quickly start to form. Soon your picture will have an icy and frosty look that Jack Frost himself would love!


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19 comments:

  1. thanks for the great idea my Grandkids will love it

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  2. hmmmm.......... wonder how it would work on a photograph? Where's my chem II book...... Good idea - I'm going to try it in my art journal! (Grownups like to play too - hehe)

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  3. What a cute idea and something I could do with my grandkids...thanks for sharing and come say hi sometime.

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  4. Very nice ! Good idea. But ... I don't know what is epson salt. I think that I can't find it here in czech republic. Do you think that with normal sea salt will work too?

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  5. This is a great idea! My kids love painting, and this seems like a fairly low-mess way to indulge them. Thanks for posting it...

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  6. Thanks for this great idea! I'll try it with my kindergarten art students next week as part of our penguin project.

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  7. This is SO cool! I have a whole bag of epsom salts around here somewhere...can't wait to try this with my 3 year old. :)

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  8. This will go great in a project we're about to do on snow! Thanks.

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  9. Jana - I found this using google: http://www.expats.cz/prague/showthread.php?t=166543&page=1&pp=7 it sounds like you may not be able to get epsom salts alone, but you could try boiling some Zajecicka Horka (to evaporate some of the water) and using that. I don't know if it will work, but it might be worth a try.

    I don't know how well normal salt would work, but if you try it be sure to let us know how it went.

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  10. My kids were off school for the 6th day straight. Our last day in school was Feb. 8th! They are 9 and 11 and really loved this project today! Thanks so much for a fun diversion!

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  11. We just tried this today and it was a huge hit with my four kids (ages 14 to 2). My middle two made at least 3 paintings. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. interesting results, I would have never guessed. This is a great idea I am going to have to bookmark in my brain for later use.

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  13. Love it, saving a link! My preschoolers will love it!

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  14. I've never seen this before but it looks like fun!

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  15. Just curious, do you think it would look frosty if it was painted on a window?
    Super cute idea!

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  16. Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:
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    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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