This is one of those art projects I’ve had in the back of my mind for ages – meaning to do it, forgetting about it, remembering it, getting too busy to do it, forgetting it again… you get the picture. :)
Finally, we did it. And, boy, am I glad we did!
It is from one of our favorite art books - Scribble Art by MaryAnn Kohl.
We used white cardstock, glue, table salt, pipettes, paintbrushes, and our fabulous homemade liquid watercolors left over from a previous project. (I covered our art tray / muffin tin with foil and the paints kept pretty well. I did have to add a few drops of water to each cup and mix them up, but they worked just great and were still nice and vivid.)
M scooted up to the table and got busy with the glue bottle:
Then we tried sprinkling salt on with a spoon -
but it was not covering the glue as well as we needed it to. If you do this, you need to put a lot of salt on your glue pattern. I finally just dumped it on right out of the box. Then we tapped the extra salt off into the tray and we were left with this:
The idea at this point is to gently touch the salt pattern with watercolor paints and it will spread out – you can actually watch it soak through the salt along the lines you’ve made. We started off with pipettes:It worked, but the paint was also forming puddles because M was squeezing too much paint out. We (*I*) couldn’t clearly see the salt doing it’s thing because of the puddles. So, I tried to get M to use a paintbrush and just barely touch it to the salt lines. This is actually what the book directs you to do, and I should’ve listened to the book because M loves those pipettes dearly (they are fun) and we had a bit of a disagreement at this point. ;)
Anyway, it did work better with the brush, as long as you just touch the salt. Don’t brush the salt. That point is very important!
It was a very neat and fascinating project, watching the soft colors of the paint spread along the salt, sometimes mixing together and creating new colors. There was something just very slow and relaxing about it.
Here are the finished art pieces:
This is definitely on our “do again!” list!
Have a beautiful day! :)
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