Monday, March 14, 2011

Salt Paint

For this project we have to thank Ms. Olsen, Ben and Jonah's art teacher at Walker School. Ben showed us this technique after making a beautiful sea life pictures at school. The watercolor paintings had a really unusual texture to them (perfect for paintings of the ocean). The paint almost looked bubbly.

Ben said all they did was sprinkle some fancy salt (kosher salt) on the watercolor paint while it was wet.

What you need:
  • watercolor paint
  • water
  • brushes
  • kosher salt - table salt works too, it just makes a finer texture
  • we also used some colored salt (just salt mixed with food coloring that we had used for another project) it added flecks of color to the paint

All you do is paint your picture and sprinkle the salt while the paint is wet. We found that it was good to sprinkle in between each color.Let the paint dry and rub off the salt.

Look at the great texture the salt adds.

Poor Jonah tried real hard to get the left over salt back into the jars.

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  1. That looks like so much fun! Sounds like a serious budding artist you've got there!

  2. So cool! Love the ideas you all share here!

  3. How fun is this?!?! WE'LL BE TRYING THIS FOR SURE!

  4. How fun!!
    I'd love to have you come link up at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! Come check it out!

  5. Love this idea! Will definitely it a try!

  6. That is great! I have also seen it where you pour out the paint you are going to use and add the salt right into the paint. Also adds texture! Fun fun fun!

  7. Ok, that's it. I'm off to buy watercolours tomorrow! And no, I have no kids, that'll be MY fun. Mine, mine, all mine! :)