Friday 19 February 2010

Salt Painting

We started off doing the iridescence ice experiment that I saw on 5 orange potatoes via the Crafty Crow. It didn't work quite as well as the one of 5 orange potatoes, I suspect that was because we didn't have neon food colouring, I have never even seen neon food colouring, I didn't know it existed. Ours was very pretty though.

We had a lot of food colour left (in Japan it is sold as pigment and you mix it with water) so we did the salt painting again, we did this a year or so ago but it is always fun to do again.
Get a dark piece of paper and draw a design on it with glue, sprinkle with salt and shake off the excess.
The fill your paintbrush with colour, last time we used water colours I think but food colour worked just as well, and lightly touch the salt with it. The colour will 'run' along the salt paths.
Suggest that the child puts a dab of blue next to the yellow and watch how the colour changes. When it is finished it is very pretty but it won't store, it might be best to forewarn your child if he or she is a hoarder!

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  1. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. This is something I definitely will try!
    Is it okay if I link to this post on my blog? I am sure my readers would enjoy this post.. :-)


  2. Fun fun fun! My daughter made...16 of these today? HUGE hit. I'm posting pictures later this week, with a link back to you :)

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh this is great! Will have to try with my toddler art group! Thanks so much.

  5. That looks like so much fun! Thanks for posting this.

  6. we do the same in the other order... Paint with aquarelle and put salt... So fun ! I will try sunday ! Thanks a lot and sorry for my small english

  7. What a great project! I am looking for something to do with a bunch of kids at an apple-picking/autumn party... maybe I will try this with fall leaf shapes and fall colors.

  8. Did you brush the glue on? It looks like a thick line in the picture. I've done this before, but first used a glue bottle. I had my daughter use a brush with watercolor and she loved to watch the colors soak in! We will have to do this again! Beautiful!

  9. we used glue that comes in a bottle, it is quite liquidy and has a sponge nozzle. I'm not sure how easily available it is outside Japan but it is the prefer all purpose glue here.

  10. Beautiful!!!


  11. Do you need to let the glue dry before painting? or can you paint right away?

  12. Great idea. Can't wait to use this in my class. I will repinn it if you don't mind.

  13. do you let the glue dry before painting??

    1. yes, let the glue dry, the glue we used dried pretty quickly anyway.

  14. do you let the glue dry before you paint?


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