Here’s a new project we just tried for the first time: watercolor paintings, layered with glue and then salt. We’ve been intrigued with the idea of salt paintings for a while and were happy to have the opportunity to check them out with our Chagalls class. This class is made of kids ages 3-6, a great age jump into this multi-step project.
First we gave a lesson about watercolors: what they are, and how to get the paints nice and wet so that they brushes pick up color. We advise the students to swirl their brushes in the paints for a count of 5 to be sure to get saturated color in them.
The students are instructed to cover the whole paper with paint – paint it so we don’t see any white. To make sure the paper stays wet and to help the colors cover the paper, we walk around with a spray bottle and add extra water if needed.
The final step is to shake on the salt onto the paintings; we find that fine sea salt works better than other types. We use cake decorating shakers, with some of the holes taped over if the salt comes out too fast.
The salt adheres to the glue and creates an interesting texture after the paintings and glue are all dry. Have you used salt as a texture elements in paintings? Show us pictures of your salt paintings!