I’m always on the lookout for fun, crafty projects for the kiddos in my life. I love having them around but sometimes it is so nice to just hand them some craft supplies, make sure they understand that they are not to be used on floors or walls or bodies and catch up on your Instagram feed from another room.
Since my nephews are getting older, I have a feeling they are going to be more and more difficult to keep busy like this. I mean, how many Perler bead race cars can you make before you are totally over it? In looking for some fun kid crafts I stumbled upon salt painting. The idea is so basic and simple and I think the boys will wig for it. But guess what I didn’t expect? That I’d have a ton of fun doing it myself! For reals!
For this project you need:
- black paper
- sea salt (it has bigger pieces than table salt)
- tube water colors and water
- glue (I used Aleene’s Brush on Tacky Glue)
For the star of this show I decided to use Aleene’s Brush on Tacky Glue since it already has a brush ready to rock inside. If you want finer lines you can always use any tacky glue formula you choose with a cheapie brush.
So right before I started applying glue I realized that my hands were stupid dry. And the thing is, they are in almost every post here. BUT this time I thought to put on lotion of all times. And THAT is why you can see weird fingers all over the paper. *sigh*
Take your glue and draw out shapes or a pattern or picture.
Work a little at a time so that the glue remains wet and sprinkle with sea salt.
Shake the excess off and keep on going.
It isn’t necessary to let the glue dry for days and days. I did it both ways and this one dried for about 2 hours before painting and another had a few days to dry. Neither one seemed to do better or worse than the other…
Take your tube watercolors and add some water in little cups. These plastic cups are for measuring medicine and are sold on Amazon. They’re cheap, cleanable therefore reusable and have convenient markings for when you need to use with resin or other crafts where measurements matter.
Load your brush with some of the watery paint and either allow the paint to drop from the brush or just barely touch the brush to the salt. The color will take off and spread!
You can go around with different colors as you please. The closer you place colors the more they blend and make other colors. You can even directly place one color on top of another to make others i.e. yellow and blue make green. Note the colors will dry far more pastel than what you see. Make your colors more saturated with paint if you want darker colors.
Allow your painting to fully dry and give it a tap when it has to remove any excess salt.
And that, my friends is all there is to that! If you’re kind of crafty it is very possible that you already have these things on hand so it’s a great snowed in or rainy day activity!