Recently I was introduced to a new form of textured painting called salt painting. Basically, you take glue cover it with salt, then drop watercolors on top to absorb the color. Well, can I just say, “Wowza!” This is such a fun technique and it creates beautiful art work that children can really be proud of.
A quick pinterest search for Salt Painting is sure to inspire you to try this out, but today I wanted to share our own Salt Painting Project: Koi Fish Watercolor
I created a Step-by-Step photo tutorial you can follow to make this project with your own children.
Of course they will want to make their own creations as well, so after you show them this technique, give them the supplies and let them spend their Summer day creating!
Tip: Use Foam Core Board or Poster Board for this project. The weight of the glue and salt overwhelms carstock, and you’ll need something a little sturdier. (Construction paper glued to cardboard would work well too.)
Here is an example of another project my daughter made with this technique:
Isn’t that beautiful! This would be a fun way for a Tween or Teen to add some custom art to their bedroom!
Check out the full tutorial here: Salt Painting fo Kids
Koi fish are beautiful carp that hold special symoblism in Japanes culture. Koi ponds are placed in beatiful, tranquil settings and japanese gardens. Encourage children to learn more facts about Koi before you create this stunning project.
- Eye Dropper
- Reference Photo
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Art Project Tutorial:
Choose an inspiration photo for your project. Using a pencil lightly sketch a drawing on your poster board.
Using glue and a paintbrush fill in the shapes you just drew.
Cover the glue with table salt. Let dry for a minute then turn your board over so the extra salt falls off. If you wait to long to do this the glue will flatten out under the weight of the salt and your shape will be distorted a bit.
Using a water dropper, fill your water color paints with water. Mix well then used the dropper to slurp up some colors.
Drop the watercolor over the salt and watch it spread out and blend.
Use your photo reference as a guide, but don't feel you need to stick with it exactly
Finish dropping colors on your board until you're happy with how your project looks! Let dry and give this project to a friend!