Watercolor & Salt Paintings

March 16, 2015Allison Murray
Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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:

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Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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.

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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.

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

Work a little at a time so that the glue remains wet and sprinkle with sea salt.

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

Shake the excess off and keep on going.

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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…

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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.

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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!

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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.

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

Allow your painting to fully dry and give it a tap when it has to remove any excess salt.

Salt paintings are lots of fun for kids and grownups alike!

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!

Comments (8)

  • Shelli

    March 18, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    I love this idea, the will be a weekend project, since I hear more snow is on the way. Thanks again for sharing yiur creative side

  • Lou Conaway

    April 18, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    How did you get all the salt off? I notice little bits of salt here and there on the “after” picture. The only way I could think to completely de-salt the project is to hang it up outside and brush it off with a cheap chip brush. It looks great and I’ve used a little Kosher salt with watercolor and silk dye, but never as much as you need for this one. I suspect I’ve complicated the salt removal thing. Please tell me how simple it is!

    1. Allison Murray

      April 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM

      Those are just loose pieces that are coming off. If you shake it pretty clean and then seal it with, say, an acrylic spray sealer, you shouldn’t have that problem.

  • Shelly Anderson

    February 20, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    cool,it looks AWESOME!!!!

  • T

    March 12, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    What is the black pepper for? It’s listed in the ingredients.

    1. Allison Murray

      March 12, 2018 at 10:04 AM

      It says black paper, not pepper.

      1. Kimberly

        September 3, 2018 at 7:40 AM

        Is that poster board, construction paper or lack watercolor paper?

        1. Allison Murray

          September 3, 2018 at 9:21 AM

          This is construction paper.

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