Friday, September 2, 2011

* Salt and Glue Watercolor Paintings!

I always wanted to try this salt and glue technique from 
MaryAnn Kohl's book, Scribble Art.
When I saw it on Jean's blog, the Artful Parent it was so pretty
I knew we needed to give it a whirl. 

You will need:
 white school glue (we use Elmer's)
cardboard scraps or pieces of heavy watercolor paper
brushes, pipettes, or eye droppers to apply the watercolors

Start by "drawing" your picture with glue on a piece of 
stiff watercolor paper or cardboard. 
Use something that can handle the weight because it will be heavy!

When the glue drawing is finished, cover it with a generous amount of salt.
Just like applying glitter, 
tap off the excess and re-use it for another art project (don't eat it!). 

The nifty part is that you don't have to wait for the salt and glue to dry
 before you start painting!

The girls painted their pictures with liquid watercolors.
You tap or touch the salt lightly with the brush and watch the color spread.
Don't drag your brush through the salt and wet paint or it will make a big mess.

The colors will be very bright and vivid while they're wet.
They'll fade a bit as it dries.

Then we tried making a RAINBOW 

Alternating stripes of colored glue and plain white school glue.

The salty rainbow with wet watercolors...

The next day, after the paint and glue dried.

"E" working on her self portrait profile 
on a scrap of cardboard.

I LOVE all the colors on this one!

Sometimes it's easier to draw/sketch your picture first,
then outline it in glue.

This is "C"s portrait of Arthur (from PBS) on a scrap of 
cardboard from the recycling bin.

Close up of his glasses.


Happy Salty Glue Painting Making!

pink and green mama


twolittleseeds said...

That self portrait is absolutely amazing! How talented is she???
Daisy x

Phyl said...

Another thing to add to my list of MUST TRY. This seems like it would be cool for some swirling VanGogh skies, maybe...

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Gorgeous results! Your kids did a beautiful job! You make everything sound so magical!

Stoufer Family said...

Just did this with my son and daughter (7 and 3 years old) and they LOVED it! (Me too!!) I am going to try to work this into my 3-year-olds preschool class room. Thanks for the idea1 :-)

Darcy said...

This is one of my girls' favorite activities - so pretty (and relatively easy too) - here's a link to our results - http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2011/01/things-to-make-salty-watercolors.html

lindsayinnc said...

These are beautiful! I have made a similar rainbow using glue and jello powder in all the colors. The neat thing about using dry jello is the paintings smell great :)

claudia said...

Wow !! This is a great idea !! Got to do this with my kids ;)

Great blog, thanks for sharing all those lovely project.

Claudia :)

embroidered polo shirts said...

:-) Haha. Great. Soon there will be no wall space at home. Will make gallery. Thanks for the idea.

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

I have always wanted to try this from Scribble Art & never have - looks so fun!!!!

I have to say the self portrait turned out AMAZING - please tell your lil artist that we loved it!

Can you have anymore fun with glue - just when I think you can't - you do! :)

Bern -

Patty said...

My kids were playing with the glue in our art center and had glue puddled all over their papers I said wait a minute and got the salt and that is how I introduced this activity it was great they had lots of fun and i this idea helped with what to do with all the puddles of glue they love to make.. Thanks

Amanda said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

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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