I'm constantly on the lookout for fun art project ideas I can do with the kids. I'm not as creative as some moms out there so I need to keep my eyes open for clever ideas. I wanted something to do with our liquid watercolors, which are one of my favorite art materials for the kids.
Every time I log into Pinterest I find something interesting, like this Sticky Salt Painting project over at Play Create Explore. We extended the original project a bit by creating prints from the art exploration. (This post contains affiliate links.)
We taped some sticky paper (aka Contact Paper), sticky side up, onto a work surface. (My husband once bought this ugly grey shower curtain which I cut up for painting mats.) New Kid and I sprinkled the sticky surface with salt and using liquid watercolors he painted across the salt.
You could use a solid watercolor palette like the original post, but I prefer the flexibility of liquid color because you can also add color with an eye dropper. Needless to say, New Kid loved this and made gorgeous pools of color, which were sucked up by the salt.
In the end, the sticky paper with its mountains of saturated salt wasn't worth saving but instead, we created a print by pressing a piece of watercolor paper down on the surface of the colored salt. The print came out quite lovely!
MORE: We also love using salt on watercolor art work to create a gorgeous effect!
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Raising a Happy Child says
Very clever. I am trying to stay away from Pinterest most of the time, I already have enough addictions in my life 🙂
thanks for sharing.
Play Create Explore says
LOVE it! How clever to make a print with another piece of paper! Thanks for the links back as well. Love your blog! 🙂
Momand Kiddo says
Crafty One says
How do you make the print? Is it just putting the paper on top of the salt picture and pressing down while it is wet?
yes, exactly. 🙂